Lately I’ve been thinking about the results and, God help me, the ‘meaning’ of my singular life – thus far.
Self-discovery, or self-scrutiny, are symptoms of macro management.
A belief I came to; after tying myself into karmic-type knots, trying to figure out ‘the meaning of life, the universe and everything’.
Once I accepted my personal mortality, I decided life’s meaning was to stop worrying about it, harm no one and have a little fun, while the sun was still shining.
Which is probably the reason I’ve been melancholy and introspective…
The sun ain’t been shining lately!
All of which leads me to:
How about you?
Have you ever felt despondent about where your life is headed?
Has this feeling made you wonder if your history has left clues to your probable future?
Ever done the ‘what kinda person am I?’ dance?
Have your self-examination binges ever made you cringe at the memories of your stupidity and your insensitivity?
Ever wish you could get a re-do?
Well, you can’t…
So, forget, forgive and take advantage of your now!
We can’t change the past.
Yet, we can control OUR future.
OK, not completely:
We have no control over other’s thoughts, attitudes, actions or how they treat us.
We can, though, decide upon our lifestyle choices.
And, most importantly, we can control our thoughts and our attitudes.
We can immediately choose to lighten up and appreciate our being alive, without comparing our life’s specifics to what we ‘imagine’ another person’s living arrangements are.
Side Note: Interesting article, from Lesly Federici, about the dangers of judging ourselves against others: Comparing Can Be Brutal
On the meantime, let’s consider ‘The Big Picture’:
According to social scientist Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs, there’re 6 areas of our lives we should focus on:
- Physiological needs
- Safety needs
- Love and belonging
While Maslow’s insights have become an easy target for social scientists wanting to make their ‘bones’, balancing his hierarchy, is still an excellant plan for achieving happiness in our lifetime.
If one aspect (need) of our life is out of whack, it can diminish satisfaction in other areas.
Relationship problems, for example, makes it difficult to stay focused so as to accomplish our work goals.
That, could affect our finances.
Falling incomes, or financial problems, could cause stress.
Stress can instigate health issues.
Health problems sour the sweet taste of life.
And, so on…
While I’m genetically inclined to agree with Henry Miller observation that: Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning”,
Intellectually, it’s hard to ignore Plato’s (or Socrates) quote that: “An unexamined life is not worth living”.
In the end, it’s a toss-up, because:
Life Is What You Make Of It!
What do you think?