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Structured Behavior

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness might suggest each of us can do anything legal, anytime. There is a great deal of truth in that; however, constant unplanned, reactionary behavior doesn’t work for any of us.

We discover primarily imposed structures from birth to leaving high school. Eventually, our human nature causes us to cry freedom and have a bias toward self centered and immediate gratification type behavior. In today’s world it has become more of the attitude and temptation than ever before.

It is very challenging to embrace the reality that choosing our own structured behavior is the highest expression of freedom we humans can attain. We will have discovered defining our daily routines and ongoing habits, combined with providing a balance of opportunities over time for spontaneous actions and pleasures, is the true definition of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Regretful Behavior

What have I done?! How could I have been so self-centered?!! Why did I give in to that temptation?!!!

When we feel a conscious regret for our own behavior we have an obligation to ourselves to resolve the feeling of regret. We will have discovered the following to be approaches that work, depending on the nature of the situation.

  • Accept the situation as it occurred, understand we are not perfect, and truly put it behind us.
  • Resolve the behavior is not to be repeated.
  • Offer sincere apologies to anyone affected.
  • Make amends with those affected that the behavior will not be repeated.

Circumstances may call for one of these, or may call for a combination of the approaches above.

Traveling on OneRoad is very hard sometimes.

 

Information Sources

One hundred years ago, information sources were primarily family, friends, teachers, books, and periodical newspapers and magazines. These reflected reality, not 100% reality, but close. Prior to the written word, it was just family and friends.

Today, primary information sources are radio, television and the internet. I believe the statistics show young Americans spend much more time consuming media information than consuming information from school, family, or books. 

Information from the media is not reality. It is fantasy. We have all experienced many times seeing or reading something in the media when participating in an event. Rarely did the media account represent what happened. The representation of those in radio, television, film, and internet advertising is not real, but fantasy.

In America, the mass media is comprised of businesses with the primary objective of making a profit. They provide a product and service their target market would like to consume. That’s entertainment, not reality. That’s temptation, not human service.

We will find using information from the mass media on our journey of life choices is not effective. We will find our own experience, intellect, spirit, and family provide superior information for us to make the best choices in our journey of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.