Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Exactly What is the Secret of Life?

If you are into philosophy, you like might like Stephen R. Covey's answer. He says "Life is to Live, Love, Learn, and Leave a Legacy". I think he's got a great answer, but it's layered and possibly too much for our TV-gooshed brains to handle. So let me tell you my answer. I say life is coming to terms with yourself and understanding that we are all part of a bigger picture.

Fundamentally, we all want to be happy (live), we all crave affection and attention (love), we all have a picture in our minds of the ideal life (learn), and some of us want to provide a better life for posterity (legacy). These ideals are part of our making as human beings, they aren't goals - so stop trying to reach them and don't kill yourself with dozens of plans on how you're going to accomplish them all by the time you're 60. You'll end up becoming a Type-A Personality and be in a worse situation then you are today.

Why is it that the suicide rate is higher in high income families than in lower income families? Why do superstars become obsessed with cosmetic surgery and develop a fear of germs? It's not the money that's the problem, it's the fact that these people didn't have a clear vision of what they wanted, so when they became wealthy they didn't know what to do with themselves. Knowing what you want out of life is everything.

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