We oftentimes can find ourselves wondering about ways in which we can go about growing, adapting, and learning as human beings. Of course, contemplation like this can be a benefit, because it can allow us to learn about strategies in which to develop advantageous and positive ways of interacting with this sometimes chaotic world. I would also say it’s good to not get too lost in the technique of contemplating how to grow adaptively in our society, although when it comes to survival strategies, it is often human nature to do it anyway.
Practicing behaviors that are helpful for us can allow us to develop a strategy of interaction that becomes easier the more and more we do those behaviors. This is especially of value when we find ourselves in stressful situations. The more we practice an adaptive skill, the more we learn. And that can only lead to positive outcomes and results. I have to say though that it is usually also good to analyze whether what we can be striving for will actually work for the wellbeing of both ourselves and those we interact with, or if we should decide on more advantageous skills. Stress and challenges are a normal part of human interactions. The more we recognize this, the more we may be able to get a strong grip on what it takes to persevere through all the journeys that lie ahead of us.
Snow glistens along this path on the mountain. I make
my way through, enjoying the beams of light that filter
gently through the branches. I inhale comforting
wisps of moisture that hang throughout the hills
and thickets. I pass beside many small lakes and brooks,
noticing the vibrant birds that swoop their way close
to the surfaces. Shiny lilies of the valley poke through
some patches of snow. Off in the distance, gleaming
green crystals blanket the base of the sleepy hills.
Welcome to this whimsical gathering of lively folks
assembled in honor of your arrival. Fantastic lights
lift up and shine onto your carriage. Confetti hails onto
the scene and spreads throughout the amusement.
The crowd cheers with bliss and euphoria. Sparkly flags
wave and send forth beams of wonder. Sweet flowers
bloom along the pavements and shout their approval.
Youthful cultivators giggle, blow bubbles, and play tag
with each other. Dancers swirl each other around,
lifting each other to new levels. Golden petals and
silver leaves turn attentively toward the gliding light.
The magnificent green cliffs tower near the cascade
In youthful trees a light flickers
Past hail through the thickening undergrowth
The luscious blue inlet bubbles with excitement
Vines reach to greet the hazy fog
In reflecting droplets of a silver passion
Wet patterns sift through the comforting mosses
And soften the glowing twigs
When one is happy, experiencing a flood of positive sentiments, engaging in risk-taking with the expectation of rewards, or exercising, her/his endorphins tend to spike up. “Endorphins” are pleasure-producing particles produced by the body when one is participating in these activities as well as others. Relieving stress is likely one of the largest factors in the ability to produce more endorphins. How one can achieve this is subjective and unique to her/his particular lifestyle. Participating in a job or career that is rewarding in multiple areas can definitely help as well. When one is in a stressful situation, it can help to engage the immediate senses so that she/he can become more aware of what is occurring. For less stressful situations, laughing can be a key factor in the ability to create pleasure and cheerfulness. Even the act of smiling itself can bring intense satisfaction for some people. Therefore, there is much one can do to increase pleasure-producing particles and decrease sensations of pain.
There are instances in this society when people do hurtful and destructive things to others. When that is the case, one may be conflicted as to whether or not to step in and do something about it. Truthfully, the act of stepping in can take many different forms, not just explicitly going in to immediately right a wrong. For instance, one can resort to sending a letter to certain authorities requesting that they become involved in setting new standards that would prevent even more people from getting hurt. In addition, one can spread the word to others about the situation that is occurring and how something should be done about it. Techniques such as these may be the best option when one is at risk of getting hurt as well. However, this depends on which method would have the most impact in overturning the situation. Sometimes it is best to quickly step in and do something about it. This would be the case when the “wrongdoer” is not much of a threat to the safety of those close by. Still, even this depends on how close one is to those involved or getting hurt. That’s why it’s considerably important for one to utilize fast and perceptive judgment in such situations. If one can tell that a person is being unfairly treated, it would likely be one of the worst options to simply do nothing about it, or worse yet partake in the wrongdoing. Those options should be avoided whenever possible.