A couple of years ago, I gave this speech at the Toastmasters Area D4 International Speech Competition titled “I’m hungry for bugs.” Rest assured, there’s a point, but you have to wait for it (spoiler below)…
P.S. Sorry for the bad lighting, but it gets better.
Unfortunately, we tend to not feed those things we care the most about in life. Things like:
Our dreams and passions
Our physical well-being
Our child-like sense of wonder
Or sometimes even worse…
Our relationship with our children
Our relationship with our parents
Our relationship with our spouse
Reflect for a moment on your own life, and I bet you’ll find there’s something you care deeply about that you haven’t fed for quite some time.
Usually these are things that are close to you. Scarcity is what drives perceived value, so we tend to undervalue (at least in our daily behaviors) those things that are closest to us or to which we have the most immediate access. So if you’re wise, you’ll pay close attention to those things closest to you and be sensitive to when they might need feeding.
Because the one reality you can bank on—one true principle foundational to life—is that if you stop feeding something, it will die.
So the question is, what are you not feeding?
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Sometimes it helps to look at life through a different lens—using a powerful analogy. This one tends to be highly effective in helping us view our life objectively.