I am seeing a great decline of passion in our world today. People are walking around looking drained of life, miserable, or just uninterested. Just barely getting themselves out of bed, and only doing so because it’s their pattern of life; it’s what is expected of them.
No joy, no enthusiasm, no passion.
The COVID pandemic has taken it’s tole on us. That is part of it, but this problem started long before all that. I don’t know completely why, but there are MANY factors that brought us to this place:
- Lack of Connection. Nobody hangs out for no reason anymore. All correspondence is digital. Less gathering, less direct communication. Digital or not, people in general seem to have lost the motivation and eventually the ability to socialize. This is huge.
- No Community. What happened to neighborliness? Everyone treats each other like strangers. We behave as if everyone around us is a potential sex offender. We used to smile and say “Hi” to our neighbors as they passed us by, and maybe (God forbid) get some idle conversation.
- Streaming information we get in real time. We are constantly being fed information via all of our news channels which make us weary. Filtered information, distorted information, out of context information, flat out lies, and altogether just TOO MUCH information. Information that fills our heads and takes us away from our lives. Takes us away from real connection and simple pleasures.
These factors and probably many more are all contributing to the culture change that has sucked our passion for life right out of us.
We have to break this cycle, and force ourselves to LIVE in the moment again. Live for the here and now. Appreciate the simple pleasures of life. A sunset, a sunrise, a hug, a kiss, a scent, a touch, a laugh, a chit chat.
We need to put down our digital devices, let the sun shine on our faces and say “Hi” to our neighbors again.