Thursday, December 30, 2010


Humans, as a species, are particularly well adapted for certain things. We are resourceful. We find ways to live in the harshest climates. We create.

And we avoid. We survive a lot by avoiding things. Even now, when the avoidance is the very thing putting us in harms way.

Back in the caveman days, we learned to avoid the things that were dangerous. Large predators were probably the first thing we actively avoided. We ran, we hid.

Then came weather, and our desire to avoid it. We built shelters.

Then came disease. We invented medications, water filtration systems, insect repellents.

We have developed complex societies. We've domesticated animals. We've built tools and technology that shape almost every aspect of life as we know it. And in the process, we've created many other ways to ruin it all.

Us humans, we are intelligent. And yet sometimes we are too stubborn to save ourselves.

We don't deal with the 500 pound gorillas in the rooms of our lives enough because it's too hard. We ignore the things that we know are wrong. We make excuses. We procrastinate. We wrongfully believe that we will always be able to right the wrongs tomorrow. Or the next day.

Since it's the end of the year and all, that time when you are supposed to be reflective and take stock of your life...I challenge you all to deal with whatever it is you are avoiding.

What's your 500 pound gorilla?

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