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The Wisdom of Fortune Cookies

I once got a fortune cookie that said "The strongest desire known to human life is to continue living" and at first it sounds like something so simple and true that we all kind of go d'uh but if you stop and think about it there is a deeper meaning to it. Our desires as we know them are just part of our paradigm which is really just a culmination of our thoughts, beliefs, habbits and feelings and in order for us to have such a stong desire that we can classify it as the strongest desire known to human life all those different pieces have to be desiring for the same thing. This is why change comes so slowly and painfully for so many people. Our current paradigm sees this change we are trying to bring into our life as a threat to its ability to keep on living and so it fights with all the resources it can to stop that changing from taking hold.

Why then do some of us seem to be able to change and adapt to change so calm and effortlessly? Could it be that those of us who experience this have come to realize that the change we are bringing into our lives is the end of our current paradigm but just an addition to it? You see when we accept a new truth, form a new habbit or decide to change the way we feel about something our old belief, habbit or feelings doesn't just drift away into the void. We still remember the old belief even though we don't currently agree with it and becuase of that we can view things through the perspective associated with that truth when we choose. Think about Santa Clause for instance. Most of us at one point in our lives believed that on the night of the 24th of December that a pudgy old man with bright red cheeks who magically slide down our chimeny's and leave us presents under the tree and drink the milk we left out for him. Now that we are grown we know this not to be the case yet when we talk to little children who still believe in Santa Clause we can understand where they are coming from and so we play along with their belief or we can choose to tell them the truth and take that magical time away from them. The point is the belief never really leaves does it?

Now consider our old habbits. How many times either in movies or in your personal life have you heard someone be described as "Slipping back into their old habbits"? Well if the habbits were truly replaced how could we 'slip' back into them? Wouldn't we have to form them all over again if we actually lost them? Keep in mind that a habbit is something we do unconciously or without having to really think about it and anyone who has broken a habbit will tell you that if you start repeating those old familar actions the habbit boils right back up to the surface and if you don't choose to ignore it you can 'slip' right back into it.

These lingering beliefs, habbits and feelings are not just dead weight that we carry around with us waiting for their turn to tempt us though. As in the example of Santa Clause they serve a very good and helpful purpose. They give us a way to relate to people who have a similar belief, habbit or feelings. They allow us, when we have the peace of mind to think about it and decide to, take a step back from our current point of view and look at it from the other persons perspective or at the very least a piece of their perspective. Don't be ashamed of your old habits or beliefs, instead look at them as an addition to the foundation of your paradigm. The larger the foundation the greater the structure that can be built on top of it. Don't limit the size of your paradigm by trying to pretend that old habbits and beliefs you might be embarressed about now don't exist. Embrace that you wouldn't be who you are now if you hadn't been who you were then.

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