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Cause and Effect

Cause and effect. You likely first heard this term in grade school. Likely in science or history, you would be asked to identify an issue and its cause and the effects it has on the people, events, etc. involved. However, the notion of cause and effect goes far beyond the books. It applies to every aspect of our lives.

The following are a few examples, from the most basic to complex issues. A basic example: You have a long commute ahead of you. Along the way, your car stalls as you realize it ran out of gas. The issue, being out of gas, has a cause (not keeping an eye on the fuel gauge). It also has an effect; it results in you being late for work.

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Similarly, think of the notion of cause and effect regarding the effects of human development on an otherwise untouched area, such as a forest. The cause of the need for further development is rapid population growth, a booming economy, and simply to keep up with the needs of modern society. It’s effects are long-reaching and multifold. One effect is further opportunity for economic growth in that area. Other possible effects include habitat loss, sharp reduction in surrounding wildlife populations, and polluted air and waterways. The decision of whether these effects balance each other, I suppose, is up to the city and building contractors.

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Yet another example of cause and effect can be seen in pressing nationwide issues such as gun violence. Of course, this is a very complex issue with numerous, far-reaching causes and effects. But, in short, the causes of this issue lie mostly in patterns of violence, traces of mental illness or instability, and how some people can feel marginalized in today’s society. The effects are, in part, increased crime rates, demand for change and better regulation, and effective treatment of the mentally ill.

These are but a few examples, and they demonstrate the importance of analyzing cause and effect in any given situation as a way to solve and better deal with the situation. So, if you want do better, live better, eat better, etc.., analyze what got you into your current situation (though not too much). Really consider the effects repeated, consistent actions can have on your future. You may be surprised by how life can change for the better due to acknowledging cause and effect.

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Extraordinary in the Ordinary

 

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Each day seems to be filled with the uninteresting, mundane activities and routines of everyday life. Yet, when we become sick, disabled, or otherwise incapacitated these activities take on a different light. Whether we become incapable of doing them or we have to put extra attention on accomplishing our everyday tasks, in these moments we are forced to reconsider what we think we know about our life.

Normally, and it’s unfortunate, it takes an illness, injury, or the like to make us reflect on everyday life and consider what we do day to day and why. Similarly, it is easy to take advantage of our everyday privileges and blessings. This is why a ‘wake up call’ and a shock to the system is often needed. So, in this sense, it is important to be mindful of the possibility of every day.

Have you ever noticed that ‘extraordinary’ – special, magnificent – is composed of ‘extra’ and ‘ordinary’? Now, there are many whims and complexities of the English language, but that is not the focus. Perhaps, to become more extraordinary, it is important to realize the blessings in the extra ordinary.

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Top 3 Reasons to Invest in Yourself

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At times, it can be hard to stay motivated to maintain your health and well-being. Here are some reasons to keep at it!

1. Your Future Self Will Thank You for It

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We’ve all had those bad days. The more we let bad days take control of us and our health and happiness, the worse we will feel. It’s easier said than done but learning from bad days while also moving on and maintaining control will help us be better prepared for the future and all the bad days still ahead. It’s important to maintain a healthy perspective! Instead of “This day sucked.”, think “What made this day suck, and how can tomorrow be better?”.

2. Your Friends, Family, and Coworkers Will Thank You for It


Maintaining your well-being by investing in yourself will no doubt have a positive impact on your relationships. Think of the activities (and change in activities) involved in maintaining exceptional health physically, mentally, spiritually, financially, etc. Investing in yourself will make you a better person to be around; your everyday decisions and conversations will all be based on a positive, healthy sense of well-being.

3. You Will Do More


If we don’t take time to invest in ourselves, we have a harder time staying motivated and pursuing goals. Inevitably, this will result in us taking more time to accomplish fewer things. Conversely, if we work to maintain our happiness and well-being, we will be more motivated and likely accomplish more things in the same or less amount of time. In other words, we have a better chance of making a difference in the world!

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Change

Change. An idea that causes dread and turmoil in so many people and families, yet also sparks hope. The world, people, places, everything is constantly changing. Impermanence is one of the only sureties we have. Change can come in an infinite number of ways. Change often shows up when least expected and is processed differently by everyone.

Yet, with all the turmoil it can cause, change brings opportunity. Change is especially vital is this way. A new job, a new life, a new tree, a new family; all are opportunities invited by change.

Why do things have to change? They’re fine the way they are.

As noted before, change is one of the only sureties we have. There is no guarantee that what you rely on today will be here tomorrow. In fact, quite the opposite is true; ‘the way things are’ is always changing. With the exception of well kept-up items and property, nothing will stay the way it is. This can be very depressing and hard to accept but also brings hope. Good days pass, but so do the bad days.

In this sense, bad times can be somewhat an inspiration for great change. Take, for example, the Civil Rights Movement, a monumental step of positive change that has indeed changed America. The great progress seen in the Civil Rights Movement could not have happened without the seemingly endless years of mistreatment and discrimination. So, when change comes your way, thank it for the opportunity it brings to make something positive out of bad times, and know that those times will pass. Cheers to change!