At a minimum, there are two “me’s.” First there is the one that just wants stay on my plot of land, no matter how small. Then there is the other one that wants to adventure to parts unknown. There’s the me that lives in the now wrestling with the me that dreams of future adventures. There’s the me that wants to rest on my laurels, and then there is the me that wants to achieve the next conquest (a new business, a new skill, a championship).
There is an internal tension here. Each of these “me’s” is trying to win out. Adventure me says, “I’m the real you!” Domestic me says, “Oh no, this is who you are.”
So, I just watched an episode of Bull (The title of the episode is Bedside Manner). In this episode, a female columnist writes an article “What makes a man sexy? One who admits he can’t fix everything.” Yeah, that struck a chord with me. Continue reading
A lot of what I share is simply so that I can hear it again rephrased so I can understand it. Actually most of it, really. But I share also to bring you along with me in my quest for the good life. Without introduction, I’ve often shared the words and thoughts of Jiddu Krishnamurti. His words are just simply too concise and thought-provoking not to share with the philosophical journeyman. I give no apology for not introducing Jiddu Krishnamurti the man, before I’ve introduced his thoughts, since his logic stands on its own. However, I have been meaning to do a little background.
So here goes… Continue reading
“Everything exists for some end, a horse, a vine. Why do you wonder? Even the sun will say, I am for some purpose, and the rest of the gods will say the same. For what purpose then are you? To enjoy pleasure? See if common sense allows this.”
Marcus Aurelius — Meditations Book 8
Why not post after, oh, about a year…or more really? Today, I really need it so here goes.
Is pleasure to be pursued? Does it bring happiness, or is it just a drug, something that you need more of? Continue reading
The only thing you can control, which is your own perception and attitude (very stoic, BTW). While I was fairly happy before, I very recently had an “A-ha moment” of realization that happiness is about deciding to be happy. Years of meditation/philosophy led me to it, but it doesn’t have to be that way, I was just ready when I was ready, I guess. Not tomorrow, not when I get a raise, not when I’m out of debt, not in Hawaii, not flying, not when I get a favorite meal, or when any other needs are satisfied, right NOW. And now I see and feel the dance every day.