Friday, January 14, 2011

Life Philosophy

My wife tweeted something along the lines of "What's the secret to life" the other day. There's a question that you see and forget . . . . or not. I don't know if there's one secret, but I've thought of several personal philosophies and here they are:

-Know Yourself: Take every opportunity to turn an eye inward and discover who you are as a person. Your strengths, weaknesses, excesses and limits are all a crucial part of finding your stride in life. Only when you understand these and move through them with confidence will life be as rich as it can be.
-Be Diligent: Never miss a chance to engage something. Work, play or relaxation, be 100% there for them all.
-Heal: We are all broken people. Take the time to discover the brokenness, embrace it and start a journey of healing.
-Experiences last a lifetime: There is more life in the world than any one person will ever experience, but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying. Taking in things outside of our day-to-day routine challenge us and broaden our understanding of how amazing life can be.
-Embrace Relationship: This one isn't always pretty, but it's the way we were made to live; side-by-side, arm-in-arm; pick your clichè. We can't do anything above on our own. Life is made ever so richer when we share it with others.

To this point in my life, these are the five things that have most led me to happiness. These apply to spiritual pursuits, professional lives, personal lives - all are far reaching. But it may not matter, since my wife stole her tweeted question from a television commercial. Hmmm . . . number 6 might be "don't get duped by a TV commercial".

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