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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Love Token 121: Smile in the Age of Worry

It is a blessing and a curse.

The information highway, how small our world has become that miles, kilometres are just mere obstacles to communicate and reach out to others. The freedom to explore is now more than ever.

How amazing it is to learn at a pace much faster and way more accessible than ever before.

How incredible it is for everyone to be able to share their experiences and reach out and really affect other people.

However, with the access to all information comes attached the "too much information epidemic", the panic can set in, the horror stories, the worst case scenarios all with one click of your mouse.

The occurance of the few becomes the nightmare of many.

If you are prone to this type of behaviour, please for your own good, stop clicking through the unnecesssary as the worry and stress does no good and while awareness is great, paranoia is not.

I am not prone to this type of behaviour but I have to admit sometimes it is hard to resist.

In our world today, with a multitude of opinions and self-branding and probably one of the most self-catering narcassistic ages of its time (where special is now such an un-special word), it is so easy for people to pass judgement, to diagnose other people's life and to possess a sense of entitlement that lacks the core components of humanity; kindness, generousity, compassion, understanding, empathy, sympathy in its pure form.

All these thoughts ran through my mind today while walking to work.

The sun was shining and there was a song that sparked this thought (where it really has no personal origin, just my brain I suppose... always a hamster running rapidly on the wheel of thought) and I agreed that through the good and the bad you roll with the punches, you deal with things as they approach and until that time comes...

Smile in the age of worry.

"Close your eyes and clone yourself
Build your heart an army
To defend your innocence
While you do everything wrong

Don't be scared to walk alone
Don't be scared to like it
There's no time that you must be home
So sleep where darkness falls

Alive in the age of worry
Smile in the age of worry
Go wild in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, why should I care?"

Know your fight is not with them
Yours is with your time here
Dream your dreams but don't pretend
Make friends with what you are

Give your heart then change your mind
You're allowed to do it
'Cause God knows it's been done to you
And somehow you got through it

Alive in the age of worry
Rage in the age of worry
Sing out in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, why should I care?"

Rage in the age of worry
Act your age in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, get out of here!"
- John Mayer, Age of Worry

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