People ... in Mediocre Times
by: Edward B. Toupin
My grandfather used to speak of
the days when people drove the world. It was a time when people were proud to
contribute and move society and industry forward at full steam. But, people
were proud of themselves! However, before he died, one of his observations was
that "we have come to mediocre times."
I was a bit appalled at that
statement because, to me, these times were the epitome of existence! However,
over the years, I began to see what he meant. It is not so much that our
advances are mediocre, but it is the state of humanity and society that has
become mediocre in comparison. Yet, we don't see it as such because we live in
these times daily and have no real comparison.
In these times, people lose
hope. While I agree that, many times, circumstances are to blame for a
particular situation; however, we allow such circumstances to overpower us. We
need to take control and decide which circumstances are to be allowed into our
In today's environment, there
are only a handful of individuals that move the society forward and so many
people simply follow. Perhaps the difficulties, stresses, and complications
around us have turned many of us into "mediocre people" in extraordinary
times. It depends on how you look at it all! But, indeed, this is not the case.
When all need a hero, a hero is
not to be found. That is when the best hero we can have is ourselves. That may
sound arrogant, but who would you rather be like: a better you, or someone else
who might be where you think you want to be, but may have myriad other problems
with which you would have to contend. Deal with your own and become the better
We are all extraordinary and we
all have something unique and phenomenal to contribute. However, we must learn
to contribute to ourselves, first, and then consider the contribution to the
world around you. It is how you see and feel about yourself that reflects upon
and influences your environment and society. Turn inward and exalt the
extraordinary you. Learn that the odd little nuances of life are there to
strengthen you to create "extraordinary times."
About The Author
Edward B. Toupin is an author,
life-strategy coach, counselor, Reiki Master, technical writer, and PhD
Candidate living in Las Vegas, NV. Among other things, he authors books,
articles, and screenplays on topics ranging from career success through life
organization and fulfillment. Check out some of his recent print and
electronic books as well as his articles covering various life-changing
topics! For more information, e-mail Edward at email@example.com or visit
his site at http://www.make-life-great.com
Copyright (c) 2004 Edward B.
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