Why did the chicken cross the road?
This riddle may not be the ‘thing’ in Asian culture because we only care about chicken when they turn into dish – crispy rendang?
However, in American culture, this is a famous riddle for kids.
So, let’s go back to the “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
To get to the other side.
Simply means to die. Yes, the chicken dies, maybe now you’ll like your crispy rendang?
Depressing isn’t? me too. The answer is so fixed in our brain to the point that we can no longer alter the course of the chicken.
But we can, it’s not that hard, in fact, it’s easy. Just like how we can change the chicken’s life, we also can change our own life
Let me show you how.
1. Change your perspective
We are all bunch of masochists at heart. Say what you want to say but deep down you know you can’t deny it.
I personally tend to dwell more on negative things than on positive things that happen in my life. I just can’t help it even though I know it’ll poison my life
It took me a while to realise that the negativity is not from the outside but rather within us.
we are most negative with our own self.
We are the most judgemental towards our own fragile minds.
Always complaining and whining but never solving and achieving.
Instead, what we truly need is, to be thankful.
We need to learn how to see things differently and try to understand another person’s perspectives.
I know that there is no right or wrong to see the world. But at least choose the one that makes you happy.
2. Change your habits
“There’s just one way to radically change your behaviour: radically change your environment.” —Dr. B.J. Fogg,
In a day, we make 2500 decisions in for our life such as what to wear, what to eat, when to finish our task etc.
But, things move really fast, so most of the time we don’t really make decisions. We just do what we’ve done before.
According to Jeremy Dean, author of PsyBlog:
“the purpose that habits serve in our lives: They give your brain a rest from having to make difficult decisions by putting some things on autopilot.”
And that makes us less productive and less effective.
So, what to do? We change an old habit into a new habit.
A popular rule of thumb says it takes 21 days to change a habit. It’s day 25 and I still procrastinate to write my article.
This is because it takes a huge discipline to change a habit. Discipline is just like muscle. You can never build one without effort.
3. Change your priorities
Remember to be a human being, not just a human doing.
The thing is about we as human is that we all rush for a Great Uncertainty. Our life is full us seeking something for future, wanting something future, thinking for future etc
All the things that we are doing are for FUTURE and not for PRESENT.
When that happens, the existence of our lives is just for future and sooner or later we’ll forget about the joy of just BEING.
These moments are precious. Live the fullest that you can.
Conclusively, allow yourself to say YES to life. Through acceptance of your life, you accept the fact that even though the world is not a wish-grant-factory, you can still live to the fullest by change how you perceive the world and yourself as well. Also, always open up to change because,
“Some changes may look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
With that, the chicken is alive. You can rest assured now.
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