Here at Life Flipping, I frequently write about living deliberately. Most of the time, by “living deliberately,” I am referring to the importance of really thinking about our values and goals and inspirations - the elements in our lives that can bring us joy and peace - and continually actively making changes that will allow their realization. Living deliberately involves discipline. Often, it has to do with recognizing when our natural tendencies and intuitive ways of thinking are holding us back from living more freely. Then, instead of telling ourselves, “I know, but…” and continuing along in the same rut, being deliberate means actually finding ways to choose different thoughts, behaviors and paths.
Sometimes, though, approaching life in a mindful, assertive, deliberate manner is not merely about considering the things that could use some tweaking to bring about greater personal vibrancy. Sometimes living deliberately is no more extravagant than simply keeping your life from falling apart.
But more about that in a moment.
But more about that in a moment.
The Occupy Wall Street movement of late has at times been criticized for having a seemingly scattered stance because the cause means different things to different activists. However, I don’t think that the movement's breadth compromises its value. What matters is that, because of the movement, Americans are starting to engage in a real dialogue about the extent to which our individual rights are at risk (for sale?) in the face of the ever-increasing social and political status of corporations. And hauling an issue out into the open is always better than just hoping that it won’t get too out of control. When, in the name of larger profits, individuals and their rights are carelessly treated as optional and dispensable, we had certainly better start talking, if not marching.
the corporation's 2008 $700 billion taxpayer bailout
For example, when a banking corporation, whether due to greed or its own gross and negligent mismanagement of information, can wrongfully claim a family’s home without having to prove a causative basis, and does so over and over again, people get upset. Some of those people may march for their rights. People riot. Thank Goddess they do; throughout history, filling the streets has often been the only way to enact real change. Because U.S. citizens have gotten on their feet and raised their voices and refused to back down or take no for answer, women can now own property and vote, systematic discrimination and murder on the basis of race or sex in is no longer legal or acceptable, and men and women with contrasting skin pigmentation can marry, to name just a few points of progress in relatively recent years. Hopefully, because of current protests, someday it will also be illegal for a corporation to deceptively appropriate American tax dollars, use them to fund their conspirators' economic hedonism and then, to sustain similar excesses, proceed to buy as many American citizen's mortgages as possible, fabricate as many said mortgages as possible as not having been paid in full, then steal these citizens’ properties.
I am grateful there are those committed enough to taking action that this conversation is taking place. I will be more grateful when stories like Kelly's (below) will blow people’s minds instead of sounding all too familiar. Remember when I said that sometimes living deliberately is simply about trying to keep your life from falling apart? Because of Bank of America, recently that is all that Kelly has been doing:
Part One: How I’m Part of the 99%
Part Two: 99% Redux