Albert Einstein once said:
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
It took me years to understand what Einstein really meant to say.
He’s talking about Tranquilized Obviousness.
The Tranquilized Obviousness adults live in and that children don’t yet have.
Children learn so much in their younger years because they are sponges for learning. They are curious and open to learn and to experiment. There is no right or wrong yet, there is no good or bad yet. Their brains are the ultimate creative machines and they a very steep learning curve.
But around the age of 12 (and then again around 22) the learning curve flattens. This is when the Tranquilized Obviousness starts to set in.
They stop being curious and they stop experimenting. It’s because the brain now has all kinds of explanations of how things in the world work, who they are and who are other people are. They have concepts of how the world works. Most people know this is an identity, or character or even ego.
This identity or “I know-ness” makes it that they are no longer willing to look deeper at things. And so they go through life as if “Oh, you’re German. I know how Germans are.” or “Oh, you’re a manager. I know all about how managers are” or “Oh, you are against me. I know how to deal with people who are against me.”
When we live like that we live in a world of Tranquilized Obviousness. Everything is obvious to us. We don’t listen, we know up front what things are like and what people are going to say. We are not curious anymore and we are totally tranquilized in not seeing that we live that way.
And that’s why we don’t grow anymore. That’s why we get bored with the world, our job, our colleagues or our partner. Everything is Obvious and we live a Tranquilized life. And this limits everything you do and you pay a hefty price as you give up your own growth, satisfaction, joy and aliveness.
That’s why Benjamin Franklin said this:
“Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.”
But there’s a lot of hope because there’s another way of living: as if everything is a miracle. Living like that requires being open to seeing things in a new way. Looking with fresh eyes and new ears. Seeing what’s behind what you think you see. Setting aside your concepts and beliefs. Being willing to be influenced.
From my own personal experience I can tell you that looking behind the curtain of obviousness there’s a amazing realm of possibility, beauty, growth and satisfaction.
The great Bruce Lee, who was a Master of life, said it best:
“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
Wake up and go beyond your Tranquilized Obviousness. Your business, your relationships and you, will profit!
All the best,