How can one believe in the beauty of their dreams when illness strikes? Especially since the onset of COVID-19—also known as coronavirus, which shook the foundation of most. What will the future entail? A pandemic such as this can leave many wobbly about their dreams.
Wouldn’t the future become dim at best? The thought of any illness looming can be crippling for most of us, especially when it’s wide spread.
But, suppose the dreams can carry us through the dark days, lending hope to the possibilities. Suppose the thoughts can turn the direction positive, or negative, depending on what thoughts you feed it.
The mind is powerful and our thoughts can change the course of the outcome. If we believe the illness, any illness, is going to kidnap our dreams then it will. Not all illnesses lead to doom and gloom. In fact, often an illness can be an awakening. How many times have you heard someone say they are thankful for the illness because it turned their life around—and maybe even connected them to a Higher Source that was once missing?
An influential, fearless writer, Howard Rankin, PhD, author of, I Think Therefore I Am Wrong: A Guide to Bias, Political Correctness, Fake News and the Future of Mankind offers suggestions and tools on how we can as individuals improve emotional control—a critical component for more critical and objective thinking. He expresses how advertising and media train your brain. This is not far fetched when you think about how young is in and old is out—a message touted non-stop, day in and day out. It’s a message we hear without cessation from every avenue you can imagine—a training of the brain so-to-speak.
In fact, case in point, on my twitter feed recently one of my twitter friends posted a question, “If you could wave a magic wand, what would you change in your life right now?” I pondered for a second and posted, “Nothing.” But as I perused through the other responses I saw many wanting their youth back. One in particular grabbed my attention, she writes: “My age, I would be young so it wasn’t embarrassing for me to get help from others, mostly younger and definitely more intelligent—including here [meaning the twitter feed]. It’s hard to swallow being the adult who gets support and is helped by kids.”
Whoa, I think her tweet speaks volumes for many of us “older” folks in that we are not as tech savvy as the youngsters, leaving us feeling less than youthful.
I swear, I’m not making this stuff up. There it was glaring right at me that to be young is the gold gem, another training of the brain so to speak.
Okay, so maybe the getting ill part is not so hot, but guess what, the youth get sick too. And the youth don’t know some things we wise sages know. We all, at every age, will have an illness to contend with or a lack of knowledge or expertise in something.
But today, illnesses that are a possibility are not only from this corona virus but they are also jumping at us from the advertisement venue. Yes, they remind us about the lurking illnesses and remedies that are to come…as we age. Remedies like this medicine and that medicine will give you relief, or comfort, or maybe even a cure.
And what about the mental health medicines blaring on the television, radio, billboards and adds? If you listen, really listen, you can almost convince yourself that you have the very mental illness the pill is promising to erase, or at least give relief from.
Yep, another training of the brain that for sure we need a pill for this or for that so we can be “normal”…whatever that is.
One commercial after another is spouting we can erase this or tuck that or remove that sag, wrinkle or impurity, which is blasting from one media port after another.
Each advertisement is training our brain to believe we are not good enough, smart enough, thin enough, young enough as we are, or that we are sick and need medicines for our illness.
The messages insinuate that what we have going, in the now, is awful and we need a snip or two to make us beautiful—i.e., acceptable.
Or a pill will correct the thoughts in the head—and of course at times it will and is necessary, but for sure that’s not the norm.
How can one believe in the beauty of their dreams when illness strikes? Especially since the onset of COVID-19, which shook the foundation of most. What will the future entail? A pandemic such as this can leave many wobbly about their dreams. In spite of the media efforts, there’s also another rumbling going on that says we can change the course of our lives from our thoughts. Perhaps we can think our selves well. I’m going with that one, how about you?
Are you chasing young? Do you worry about illnesses catching up with you? What do you do to stay youthful? Do you lean on pills for wellness or natural food? I’d love to hear from you, and learn from you.
Stay tuned…you never know where my mind will wander to next…
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