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This Short Animation Reveals A Brutal Truth About Life That Everyone Should Watch

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This Short Animation Reveals A Brutal Truth About Life That Everyone Should Watch

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    To a degree, each of us perceive the world as if we’re at its center. Be it the arrogant or the humble, each of us is tasked with creating the reality we exist in. We craft our world through the people we spend time with, the hobbies we take up, or the food we fill our stomachs with at lunchtime. No matter how large or small the detail, we, the individual, are in charge with creating our own life.

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      There’s a definite danger in this approach, however. With this self-centered, “I-create-my-own-reality” type of thinking, we overlook the symbiotic structure in which we all exist. Though your world is indeed crafted and experienced through your own lens, other people are constantly affected by our decisions and actions. It’s easy to forget that there’s substance and depth to the guy pumping your gas, or the barista making your coffee, or the construction worker on the side of the interstate. It’s easy to only think your problems outweigh everyone else’s. It’s easy to forgo appreciation for instant self gratification.

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      It’s easy to do all these things, but much harder when you’re on the other end. It’s hard when you’re the waiter who’s being berated and screamed at for an overcooked steak. It’s hard when someone else gets your hard-earned credit for the Keynote presentation at work. It’s hard when a passing by train drenches you with water. It’s hard when you feel used, and abused, and confused with life’s hardships. It’s hard when you’re treated as another minuscule part of someone else’s world.

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        So, then, why do we so easily overlook this in regards to our own lives?

        What’s implied and portrayed in the video is something along these lines in my opinion. Everything in the main characters day is determined largely by the seemingly invisible people operating the objects in the background. Even a small blip in the process and structure of this world, like the two message carries colliding mid-video, can cause complete chaos. And yet, we so easily forget the importance of others in our day-to-day lives, especially those we don’t know personally. We so frequently put our own needs, wants, desires, and aspirations above all, throwing care for others to the wind. It’s easy to understand because it’s easy to do.

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        Maybe we will never actually understand why until we’re in the suit ourselves…

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        Last Updated on November 22, 2021

        Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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        Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

        Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

        During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

        But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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        Simplify

        I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

        Absolutely.

        And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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        If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

        • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
        • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
        • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

        Be Mindful

        You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

        Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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        Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

        Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

        Reflect

        As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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        Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

        But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

        So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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        Featured photo credit: Libby Penner via unsplash.com

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