Something that is boring goes nowhere.
It travels in a circle. It never arrives at a destination.
The repetitive nature of the boring life and of addiction is what makes both so tedious.
No traction is ever gained. No progress is ever made.
We’re stuck in the same endlessly-repeating loop of insanity.
That’s what makes addiction, or auto-pilot habits, a little slice of hell on earth.
Addiction, or auto-pilot habits share two primary qualities:
1 - Embody repetition without progress
2 - The produce incapacity as a payoff
This may not be a perfect example, but let’s try one on for size…
There are over 2M people in jail today in the US, we can go over the political and socio-economic reasons for this, but let’s just stick to some ideas that I believe we can glean from this from a macro level.
While this is certainly depressing, how many more are self-imprisoned in cycles of abuse (of others or themselves) or habituated to other forms of vice, corruption, and depravity?
Why is staying in an endless loop of insanity so intoxicating?
Because the payoff is incapacity.
Those that are addicted to trouble and the endless loop of life because they are safe behind bars. They are safe within the constraints they they have often created for themselves.
In a criminals example, statistically, many of those that are released from prison, often find ways to get sent back.
The payoff for the prisoner is release from the agonizing imperative of identifying, embracing, and bringing into material existence the dreams and vision of his own heart.
They have given up.
My father has given me many quotes in my life that I live by, but one that has significantly impacted me the most is to never give up. Whenever I think about this I always think about the two choices that I have in life, which I’ve repeated time and time again in this B90X series:
You can have a well crafted life that is designed by you.
Or, you can have a life of passivity, where you live based on circumstance.
In today’s B90X program, let us know in TheBitcoin.Pub below: where must you remind yourself to not give up? What in your life have you given up on? What must you reinvigorate in your life. What must you begin again?