This column appeared in Business Bhutan on June 20th 2015.
My friend shared this on Facebook: “The biggest challenge we face is shifting the human consciousness, not saving the planet. The planet doesn’t need saving, we do.” I couldn’t agree more. And I say this from experience.
A recent example would be my own involvement with the official football fanbase. A lot of Bhutanese assumed that just because we called ourselves, “official”, we were getting money from the government and other sources. Little do they know of our struggle for material, for people, for space, and even permission! Many don’t get that we can give of ourselves without expecting anything in return. There were even snide comments passed on people like us wasting our time on “useless” activity. This was disheartening, but we kept at it. We are not fools. Neither was Nietzsche who said: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” It’s too bad some of us cannot hear the music.
I had a conversation on colour with an eloquent woman, earlier this week. She talked about how we must get people to see in colour and feel in colour by exploring the arts, music, and our Bhutanese creativity. She said people and organisations that can support and develop this, must. I agree. Bhutan would be dull and colourless if we were a country of only one profession: Civil Servants. Sadly, we are all put in career straightjackets as soon as we begin writing our alphabets. I see very few people doing what makes them happy in our land of happiness. The happiest aren’t always the richest. The most wonderful people I know do not have the best-paying or the most secure employment.
Are you happy where you are, doing what you do? Do have you have the dreaded (and overrated) Monday Blues? Are you going through the motions of life like a robot: Wake up, dress up, show up? What about your in-betweens? How passionately do you look forward to TGIFs and weekend YOLOs (as abused as the acronyms are)? Do you have time to feel, to be inspired, to celebrate that you are alive?
We should all be given a shot in the arm with a healthy dose of FOMO. Let us go crazy doing a hundred and one things and still feel like we need to do more. Our lives can and should be driven by passion. Financial gain, societal recognition, and success can be accidental consequences. I know for a fact that when you give more than you receive, you actually end up with more. Uncover your ears and allow yourself to hear the music calling us all. Let us dance!