If you have an insight into yourself that unsettles and challenges you — celebrate it! It is much better to become awake to your life, than be trapped in a Sisyphean struggle. A struggle where you keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Change begins with celebrating insights that challenge you.
We are all Sisyphus
Sisyphus was a king in Greek mythology who was given a terrible punishment for all eternity because he angered the gods. That punishment was to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to have it roll down again every time he came close to the top.
We too can be like Sisyphus, labouring away in our own lives. Not realising that we make ourselves carry heavy boulders. And, these heavy boulders are none other than certain beliefs and behaviours that bring repeated suffering. Beliefs and behaviours, because they are so fundamental, affect how you relate to yourself and others.
Often, these beliefs and behaviours tend to live outside of your conscious attention. Yet, they can drive so much of what you do and how you live. That is why they hold the power to turn you into Sisyphus. You repeat the same thing over and over again because you are not yet awake to it. Until you open your eyes that is. And, when that happens, you have a chance to break free!
This is why it is so important to celebrate those insights that unsettle and challenge you. Because such insights have the power to change your life for the better, even if they feel confronting now.
Celebrating insights that challenge you
The danger is that you brush away your insights because you don’t like the unsettling feelings they bring. This is part of the reason why change so often doesn’t stick. For, you have to nurture your insights for them to bear fruit. Otherwise, you risk returning to the hill to keep rolling that boulder.
Harsha is a 1:1 coach and independent thinker based in London. He empowers people to find more clarity, confidence and focus in their lives — to cut through the noise, in a world so full of it. Harsha’s new book, Machine Ego: Tragedy of the Modern Mind, is now available in paperback and Kindle through Amazon.