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Philosophy of Living

January 20, 2015

A few months ago a good friend was visiting, having just returned from a short adventure in China. I really admire how he is living his life. The trip to China was about taking a chance. Chasing an opportunity to see where it might lead. This friend is also someone who easily dances with life's bigger, more philosophical questions, which is another reason I enjoy our friendship so much.

 

In our last conversation I asked him, "What is your philosophy of living?" We took a moment to get clarity about what I really meant by the question and finally settled on, the principle that guides your daily actions.   He wrestled with the question for a bit as he thought out loud, but eventually declared an answer that seemed graceful, fitting and captured the essence of his life.  
 

I, of course, knew I now needed to answer this question for myself. I pondered it for a while until this thought emerged - Leave everyone I touch with a greater sense of hope and possibility. At my core, I believe this is who I am, how I approach life and what guides my daily actions.

 

If you do not have a sense of what your Philosophy of Living is, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to distinguish this for yourself.   I do not believe many people take the time to understand this about themselves, and as a result, they may feel a bit rudderless in life, wondering what they are doing, why they are here or what the meaning of life is. 
 

The irony of those questions is that they are not bigger questions about life itself, but rather questions about YOU as an individual and how you define your life. Many people avoid thinking about this because they feel it is hard. In reality, I think they avoid thinking about it because then they might have to actually begin living their life as they truly desire. 
 

Don't waste another year of your precious life avoiding this question. Seek the clarity your Philosophy of Living provides and set sail in 2015 with a stiff wind at your back and a strong rudder to guide you!

 

"What is it that I really want to do with the one wild, precious thing called my life? Don't go back to sleep. The fires are always kindled. Don't go back to sleep."                    - Anais Anin    

 

Feature Written By: Rich Largman   

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