Monday, November 8, 2010

50 questions to free your mind

Week Three:

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don't like and like so many things we don't do?

Interesting. I think it's a misconception that life is all about doing things we like. That the ultimate purpose in life is gratification for gratification's sake. If that were the case, we would all be hailing Paris Hilton as the wisest person on earth and remembering Mother Theresa as a misguided no-nothing.

In everything we do in life, there are enjoyable and un-enjoyable aspects. We all have great days at work. We all have crappy days on the slopes or the golf course or fishing or have days where we are sand blasted or stung by jelly fish on the beach. Focusing solely on activities we view as things we like won't necessarily bring us happiness.

Since life is so short, maybe we should be focusing on being in the moment and finding both the purpose in and the likable aspects of everything we have to do, no matter what that may be.

Today I am grateful for:

1) changing seasons (though not necessarily the SNOW on the ground this morning!)
2) my all terrain tires that do so well in slippery conditions
3) yummy salads
4) fleece socks
5) online Xmas shopping

2 comments:

Cassandra said...

So true.

Diane said...

Agreed. My question is more about why I don't do the things I know are good for me... the ones I know I'm going to feel good for doing after...? I've never been able to sort that one out :)