We are not designed to live life to get results. Life is not a result. Life is living how we are designed to nourish our whole-person, our neighbor and the world with truth, beauty, dreams, exercise, passions, good thoughts, physical nutrients and love.
If we deprive the spirit, heart, mind or body to get a specific result, then we will make up for that deprivation somewhere, somehow and someway.
Trying to get results force us to live in contradictions and deny satisfying our basic needs. The mind is starving for truth and we try to fill it up with and more useless information. The body is starving for nutrients and we try to fill it up with junk food. The heart is starving to be heard and we ignore it. The spirit is starving to be known and accepted. Yet, we stay in places and online where we can never be known. We deprive our deepest needs to use all our time, energy, resources and even ourselves to get some fragmented temporary result.
But…What have been the real results of living to get results?
We are constantly filling ourselves up but we’re always hungry. We are more connected but we’re completely disconnected. We are full of information but we are more confused than ever. We work harder but we still don’t have enough. Our kids are involved in more activities but they still don’t know who they are. We are busier and more entertained than any time in history and we are bored out of our minds. We know more about more people and we don’t know them at all. We call more people friends but we are lonely for friendship. We have more drugs and healthcare but we are sick. We have bigger houses, larger neighborhoods, massive churches and less community. We have more diets and exercise gyms but we have epidemic rates of obesity. We have more grocery stores and less local organic foods; more time to talk and less real conversation; more knowledge and less wisdom; more drinking and less real celebration; more religion and less hope, truth and love; more things to make us happy and less joy; more politics and greater divisions of wealth, power, resources and relationships; more schools and less learning; more platforms to communicate and yet no one hears our voice; more room to create and less creativity. We have so much but we have so little.
Because we are so busy living to get bigger and better results to live bigger and better lives that we deny nourishing our hearts, mind, bodies, spirits and relationships the way they are designed. Results will not fill us up with truth, love, hope, joy and peace. We may love results but they cannot love us back. It’s time for a different way. It’s time for us to remember who we are and how we are designed to be satisfied and not be used to get a result.
You are invited to Give-Up living for results and learn how you are designed to be nourished as whole-people in Vive Alchemy.