3 Cs To Live By

By: D. A. Slinkard

I have been thinking about the world around me and what a bleak world it is for many people, though the perspective is not the same for others. The more I live, the more I am finding out that life is all about the perspective a person takes. What you think, what you believe, what you trust all dictates the direction your life is going to go. We see so many people who are crippled by what has happened to the world over the past three years with COVID. I never thought I would quote Rahm Emanuel, but as he says, “Never allow a good crisis to go to waste.”

We need to stop the doom-and-gloom thinking. Seriously, what is it getting us? Is it possible we are going to live in bubbles for the rest of our lives and be able to keep out every disease known to man? Nope. Not even close; yet we have allowed for our lives to be altered dramatically and the norm is absurd. We do things to give us a false sense of security that ultimately puts us more in harm, and this can be devastating to go through. There was a time in which you could trust the news, but I stand amazed at how often the news media attempts to give one-sided narratives to worldly events.

I have already wasted two paragraphs on this fear mentality that we need to get over. This article is going to introduce you to 3 Cs. The very first “C” is choice. We all have a choice to make, and we all make choices every day. Either you can allow the current situation to bring you down or you can make the choice not to allow fear to run your life. How many people have been crippled by COVID-19, not because of the disease but because of the mentality that comes with the disease?

Many people fail in life because they fail to make the correct choices in life. They choose to focus on the negative, focus on why they cannot achieve something, and this is why they get nowhere. You need to have a defined destination you are wanting to achieve. When you make this choice, you are then able to go to the second “C” which is commit.

We live in a society that has commitment issues. Whether they are gym memberships, marriages, or even cell phone contracts, we live in a time in which people are afraid to commit themselves. Too often people want to give up the moment life gets hard. Why? You have made the choice of what you want to do with your life; now you need to commit. People give up because it is not easy. Let’s look at Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken; many people do not realize the obstacles he had to overcome. Once he received his first social security check, Colonel Sanders set out attempting to sell his recipe. He was told “No” over 1,000 times until he finally got his first “Yes!”

People see an end result and they believe it is the initial result because of the Facebook falsehoods we live in. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok have created altered universes where it is merely a virtual reality. Not too long ago I saw someone on a social media site saying if they could get 1,000,000 people to give them a dollar, they would email everyone a book on how to get a million bucks through the Internet. I wonder how many people fell for this tactic.

We have choices to make, then we must commit, and the final “C” is continue. We must follow this routine on a daily basis and we cannot stop. Water that stops moving becomes stagnant, and that is exactly what happens when a person stops moving in their own life. They become stagnant and the bloodsucking mosquitoes start hovering around waiting to find the next opportunity to draw some more blood out of them.

This year is zooming along, and we need to decide today whether we are going to allow the negativities of the world to be our excuse or are we going to decide to do something with our life? It is your choice. You need to commit, and then you need to continue this cycle. It is a tough world out there, but you must decide whether you want to win or lose because it is your choice to make.

By: D. A. Slinkard

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