What’s with DIY? It’s “do it yourself” this and that and everything else these days. It seems that the information age has pushed us away from specialization and into a society of “jack of all trades.”
From do it yourself home repair to medical diagnosis, we can get the “how to” list with a couple of clicks of the mouse and instant entrance to the World Wide Web. Speeding along the information highway, we race past more and more ideas for DIY projects. Why pay the groomer to shave your dog when you can DIY? Why pay the mechanic to rebuild your transmission when you can DIY? Why pay a plumber, electrician, and carpenter to remodel your bathroom when you can DIY? You can concoct your own face cream, landscape your whole yard, install a swimming pool and build a deck; you can heal joint pain and stomach ailments and even cure cancer all by yourself. You can build your own stuff – you can even build an empire if you want to – just DIY!
We are a society of great doers. We are full of ourselves because of this great DIY movement. All it takes, however, is one step back for an ever-so-slightly objective perspective to see that all this “knowledge” and capability has given us a false sense of ourselves and unrealistic expectations. Overwhelmed by the possibilities, we are crippled by stress and anxiety. Disappointment and depression have robbed us of production and great achievements. We are dysfunctional.
There was order to society when everyone had his own specialty and we all displayed our expertise like proudly waving flags. The doctor should know all there is to know about the human body and none of us should feel that we have to inform our physicians of anything other than our own descriptions of what we are feeling. And the doctor should call the plumber when his toilet breaks because doctors shouldn’t be filling their brain space with plumbing facts.
The DIY movement is great for creative expression and the natural human desire to learn, but here we go again with excessive compulsion. We think we can do and have everything, so what we have become is a society of gluttons. We are fat. We have so much stuff that our houses are too full, so storage units have popped up all over the country to hold more of our stuff. We try to do everything we ever think of, then collapse in a pool of tears over all our “failures”. We’ve lost touch with the unique qualities that make us individuals – those aspects of who we are that mark us a “special”.
How about DIY happiness? All you need for that is your self – no special tools required. Shut out the crazy madness of the world. Throw away all the demands and expectations you’ve collected over the years. That’s right, streamline your mind! Don’t sit around and think of all the things you have to be thankful for – toss them! Let them go – all of them. Strip yourself down to nothing so you can see the vastness of your mind and feel the radiance of your soul.
So what if you can’t fix your own roof or make your own curtains. Really. So what? Let the projects go!
At first you won’t know what to do with yourself. Do nothing. Wait. Then notice the transition from heavy to light that you sense all around you. Give in to the transformation. Breathe. You won’t see it coming, but before long, you’ll recognize a strange sensation. Don’t try to analyze it, just let it be. Eventually you will remember what it is you are feeling.