January, 10th, 2015
'The Has Been'
If you're a fan of The Hunger Games then you probably know all about Haymitch and how he 'used to be a Victor.' Now, he splits his time between attempting to be a Mentor for Katniss Everdeen and drowning his sorrows in alcohol.
What ever happened to good ol' Haymitch anyways?
Well, if you've read the books then you know that the bad guys threatened to kill Haymitchs' family if he didn't stop being so damn heroic and so, in an effort to protect his family, Haymitch gave into the wishes of the opposition and sidelined himself.
Sadly, Haymitchs' decision to take himself out of the game served only to keep he and his family stuck in the same oppressive system that everybody else was stuck in. So, they were alive but certainly weren't flourishing. I'd say they weren't even languishing - more like shriveling really.
As a Change Agent, Haymitch is a 'Has Been' because he was unable to sustain self-motivation in the face of opposition. If one is to succeed at creating a positive change in ones' daily life circumstances, then one must be able to motivate oneself even when tempted to give in, give up, and / or to act out.
Obviously, the decision to protect ones' family is extremely important and should not be taken lightly. I'm definately not advocating for putting other people in danger or even for putting oneself in danger, but what I am saying is that the bad guys are always going to threaten the good guys because threatening and intimidating gestures have worked for thousands of years as a strategy for keeping people afraid and oppressed.
So, if you want to be able to push past threatening and intimidating gestures then you'll need to stay focused on the value of basic [universal] human need-satisfaction and personal goal-attainment. Finally, you'll want to remind yourself of what will be lost if you give up, give in, or act out. Once you've weighed the costs and benefits of taking action you'll be in a better position to make a decision that keeps yourself and other people safe and keeps you on track to achieve your personal goals. Ultimately, the good news for Haymitch is that if he can put down the bottle and pick up his motivation then he can get back his hero status and rejoin the ranks of all those guardians of the good life who've gone on before him.
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