It was always funny to me that dragons hoard gold.
In almost every story we have about a dragon, they harbour some deeply valuable and important treasure; the hero must outwit or outfight the beast to get it.
What does a giant flying lizard want with a pile of shiny metal or a bejewelled cup?
Dragons are a storytelling device; an ancient meme designed to teach us about life. They always hoard treasure because the thing we want the most is always where we least want to go.
If we want the gold, we must first leave our comfortable castles and slay the dragons of chaos within us.
Only then, can we live happily ever after.
You’ve probably heard of the US Navy Admiral who speaks about how making your bed can change the world. He even wrote a book about it — he was obsessed. But with good cause.
Our physical surroundings affect our behaviour, and mess causes stress.
Being the kind of person who makes their bed makes us feel like the kind of person who does other productive, organized things and looks after themselves.
71% of bed-makers say they’re happy, while most non-bed makers say they’re not. Bed makers are also more likely to own a home, enjoy their work, sleep better, eat better, and exercise regularly. They also have more sex.
And as JP said to teenagers everywhere: “If you can’t even clean up your room, who are you to give advice to the world?”
Slaying that first little dragon of chaos only takes 90 seconds, but it sets the tone for the day.
There’s no right way to do it; doing it is really all that matters. But its impact is noticeable because we’re taking charge of our small domains and deciding our future.
And every time I do that, my day is that little bit better, and I take a bigger step towards my goals.