Living on autopilot – Dr. Mark Williamson, the director of Action for Happiness, and Professor Renata Salecl, a sociologist and philosopher, surveyed 3,000 people in which 96 percent of them admitted living on autopilot. That is an astonishing number!
Based on the high percentage quoted above it seems we try to escape from reality rather than to face it.
The Urban Dictionary defines living on autopilot:
“When you do something without realizing what you’re doing (usually results in making a mistake).”
We may be overwhelmed or underwhelmed with our life circumstances. Whether we’re bored to tears or burdened beyond what we can bear, we need to do something about it, and this “something” will bring about the much-needed change.
Humans react funny when it comes to change. Even though we hate to face another unpleasant day, we still dread the changes that come with some hard decisions. Nevertheless, going through a rough patch is way better than being stuck in a deadly routine. Trapped in our so-called “comfort zone”, we unconsciously get rid of something too precious to lose: our joie de vivre. The Psalmist is obviously fed up with a life devoid of passion and joy and prays to the Lord (Psalm 51:12):
“Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me.”
Interestingly, the same Psalmist adds another request. Here it is:
“Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.”
In case you’re cringing as you read the words: “obey whatever you say”, submitting a carte blanche to the Lord is a good thing. It would be dangerous if we submitted to a person in this way – no human being should have that kind of power over us – but telling the Lord “I do whatever you say” is our surefire way towards lasting joy and happiness.
The Lord is no abuser of a carte blanche. He does not outstay His welcome. He does not overrule our decisions. He does not manipulate us into thinking His way. What He does though, He very gently points us into the right direction. He gives us stellar wisdom advice. He doesn’t think He knows best, He really does know what He is doing and He certainly knows our needs.
God is Life. He is the source of unquenchable joy. Staying close to Him, we stay close to everything that matters. Wherever we are – turning to the Lord is our first step into the right direction.