Thursday, February 15, 2007

Pride Comes Before A Fall.

It's extremely hard not to get excited when you have fought with every ounce of strength you have to make something happen when it finally does.

Imagine the Girls about to sit down to their regular plate of vegetable something and receiving the call saying a national newspaper is about to tell the world they are the newly appointed life coaches on The Trisha Goddard Show. It has only taken goodness knows how many years, emails, letters, press releases and scams of all shapes and sizes in a previous life to get anyone to listen and finally they have cracked the media.

Do they

a. Get drunk, high or both?
b. Drop dead of shock?
c. Carry on munching their healthy, low cost, low calorie lunch?

Recent statistics per Dr. Gillian McKeith declare one billion obese people in the world exceed the 800 million starving and as good portion of them live here in the UK
the Girls opt for c. however shock value aside that is not the only only reason for their new found inner peace and sense of calm.

What they now teach is not new, in fact Common Sense has been spun for centuries by all kinds of people from all walks of life. Zen Buddhism is one of the earlier common sense advocates dating from the sixth century. The word enlightenment is often used with the misconception once you've "got it", like common sense, everything will be fantastic.

"Before enlightenment
chopping wood
carrying water

After enlightenment
chopping wood
carrying water "

but from this basic proverb it's easy to see you don't attain it, it's not a readily available commodity, you just realize it i.e. Eureka, the light bulb goes on. When you do everything changes yet nothing has actually changed at all.

When the newspaper prints the Girls story in the next few days, (I can't say exactly when and's exclusive and top secret) 5 million people will know about their achievements but nothing will change in their lives because they choose not to be affected. While they are grateful for the article it doesn't change who they are as people or what they will do tomorrow. They no longer measure themselves by their achievement. Success or failure by society's limited yard stick no longer makes or breaks the people they have become.

When you are able to disconnect from the idea material wealth, stuff, can make you happy a great pressure is lifted. Materialism is causing so much trouble it has been detailed as a sickness reaching epidemic levels in the western world in the bestselling book Affulenza by John De Graaf. Detaching from money as the all incompassing solution to any problem is even more critical when you are going through personal difficulty. You must disconnect from the stress of the situation and move away from it. Logically if you sit in a cowpat you'll never escape the stench.

Don't be afraid of failure. Anything you want to accomplish takes time. If it were easy there would be no road to happiness and that would be the greatest tragedy of all. No one ever regrets the things they did when their time's up. It is the things they didn't do that causes real regret. So if you can remember the immortal words of another expert in common sense, on the subject of the brave in pursuit of happiness or anyone with a goal, Mahatma Gandi,

"First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they oppose you
then they say they were with you all along."

That just about sums up the Girls' relationship with the British press over the last few years. A final word of common sense wisdom from anon,

"Everything comes to he who waits."

and well done Take That, love the message.

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