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How We Live

It seems that we continually talk about how we live which is a good thing because the alternative isn’t very appealing.  However, there is a continuum and that is from birth to death and all the stages in between that create a life.  We haven’t talked much about end of life issues in these postings so that will be coming soon; but today I did want to focus on the act of living, not simply existing.

The ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates, believed that the unexamined life wasn’t worth living.  If we don’t examine our lives is it really a life or merely an existence?  If we don’t look for our contribution to the world and are complacent with the idea that there is a birth certificate with your name on it and some day there will be a death certificate with the same name, then we’re simply existing.

This isn’t about whether or not you have been given a license to abandon all responsibility and take on risks with wild abandon.  It does give you the rights and privileges that come with being born.  It does give you the right and it’s almost as if you’re expected to fill up all the space you’ve been given.  We all have boundaries, but you’d be surprised how many of us don’t expand to our full potential.  For some it’s because it may be too much work, and for others it’s simply apathy.  If it’s apathy then it’s time to light a fire under your rear end.  It’s time you step up to the plate and try and hit the ball out of the park. 

I want to be clear, how you do this is entirely based on your values and your belief system.  It’s based on your dreams and desires utilizing the skills and talents that you were given at birth.  The Motley Fools, two guys who talk about investments have a book titled “Die Broke”.  I’m saying that you should die broke with all the energy, creativity, and opportunity you were given at birth.  The world will be a better place for your zero balance.