Let's look at the question first: It's an important one - and at the moment most of us are barely achieving one and certainly not the other. But it's a question of life and death, actually. It's the most important question of our time - and it is our task to find the answer.
Yet, most of us are too busy. "I don't have time for this" or "I don't have the money to do xyz".
And I get it - most people have bills to pay, jobs to do... and we delegate the solution finding to "someone" else.
But then we get upset if that 'someone' interferes with our thin layer of comfort by telling us to fly less or recycle more - or, God beware, raises taxes. Because we're already struggling. In happiness surveys 80% of people answer that their biggest source of stress is their job. Wow.
Which brings me to that ulcer. - I was *almost* hospitalized with a stomach ulcer when I was 26. 26! I was in my final years of becoming a lawyer, I was cramming for exams - and I felt that my LIFE would be over if I didn't pass with high honors. And I suffered from stress induced stomach pain so severe that I threw up several nights a week. I believed my career was going to be EVERYTHING there was and if I didn't make this I'd somehow die. And that was BEFORE I had lots of life commitments like kids and mortgages.
Now I'm grateful for that experience. While I pushed through and did pass with high honors, I was so burned out after that that I packed up and left. Left Germany, left my career. I was going to take a 1 year time out that turned into 18. (for a bunch of reasons - 2 of them are now 11 and 13 ;-))
Now, living on my 2 acres of land, eating healthy food, spending time with my kids, doing what I love most - and meeting countless numbers of other people living amazing sustainable lifestyles - I know that I never had to run away. All of those things were always there, as choices.
It was my mind that kept me trapped on a trajectory towards a lifestyle of having no time, no personal growth - and stomach ulcers. Plenty of money, yes. But what for?
And the crazy thing is: I found the answer to our opening question in the process - because I found that the two things are actually the SAME thing: happy and prosperous is THE SAME as compatible with the planet. Which makes TOTAL sense when you think about it, because WE'RE PART of the planet.
It's just that happy and prosperous is NOT what I thought it was. I had just fallen into some sort of collective delusion - kind of like the Matrix.
(Sometimes people ask me why I called my place "The Rabbithole" - here's your reason. It's all about getting out of the Matrix, taking the red pill, falling down the Rabbithole and discovering wonderland... And yes, that movie has had a great impact on me LOL).
I think what we don't see is this - and this is unlike 'the Matrix' - we're making a CHOICE. We're CHOOSING to play the short game, the destructive game. And we pretend it's a natural law, like gravity. "That's how things are". But it's not - there are plenty of people everywhere doing things differently - we just don't tend to see them when we're caught up in the race.
That simple little lesson cost me a great deal. It almost cost my my health. I did cost me leaving family and friends behind for long periods of time that I probably didn't need to leave behind. It cost me a career which I actually totally loved, but couldn't manage to make work in a way that was SUSTAINABLE for me.
And while I'm super happy with where life has taken me, now I know I could have had ALL of that all along. And I know we all can - we just have to wake up to the choices we're making.
My souls work now is helping people see the tremendous opportunity that lies in leaving the delusion behind and waking up to the CHOICES they are making - the choices that WILL lead to true happiness and prosperity in alignment with a healthy living planet, because they are actually the same thing (funny that, uh?).
>> If you're feeling like you're somehow stuck in the Matrix but you're keen to get out - I'm offering free breakthrough calls that will leave you seeing a world of alignment of earth care, heart, soul and possibility you currently can't see. - Let's just call it wonderland ;-). But watch out - there is quite possibly no turning back Neo. Book your call today if you're keen.
And - do you ever find yourself thinking "...but that's just how it is?" - I'd love to hear your stories below!