We’ve all seen the movies where someone is on the table in the ER and their heart stops.

The line on the monitor goes flat and the doctor must make a tough call: keep trying to revive the patient or surrender to death.

What we want to see, of course, is the line going up and down again.

Oscillation. Flux. The ebb and flow of life.

What if someone created a similar instrument that could measure our levels of engagement, enthusiasm, and overall emotional tone?

How “alive” do you think most people would be?

In case you haven’t noticed, the zombie apocalypse is upon us.

In any given city in the United States, you will find masses of people shuffling about the streets. Mindless, distracted, scattered, numb, moaning… Some of them are even falling apart. Lunging toward the next shiny object or loud noise. An inner hunger and emptiness driving them on in no particular direction.

They’re not dead, but not really living either. Just kind of… existing.

We are mindless (versus mindful) in our reactivity and lack of intentionality, attention, and care.

We are distracted and scattered by our phones, our racing minds, the endless demands of mismanaged pursuits, and all the shiny objects marketers present to us at every turn.

We are numb from being overstimulated, over-tired, over-medicated, and over-fed.

Is there a cure? Once we begin the decline into our zombie state, is their any turning back?

Fortunately for us, it’s not like the Walking Dead where, once bitten, you’re basically screwed.

There are ways to bring the life back into our lives.

We can pick up the metaphorical shock paddles and yell, “CLEAR!”

In part 2 of this post we’ll look at what it takes to reactivate the engagement, joy, and fulfillment in our lives.