Archive for the 'Affirmation' Category

An Unexamined Life

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Search for Meaning

Many of us sail through life impervious to the choices we make each day. Such decisions are often made without even second guessing ourselves. We discover that many of these choices are programmed, that is they are devoid of conscious intent. As time goes by we may pause and reflect how such choices were made, perhaps realising that we have not been as present after all.

Socrates, the Greek philosopher and founder of Western Philosophy coined the phrase, “The unexamined life is not worth living” circa 470 – 399 BC. There have been countless explorations of this passage over time. Whilst I do not wish to analyse the phrase in this article, I do however wish to offer my thoughts on how we can live a virtuous life through regular self-examination.

Increasing the motivation in life

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Motivation is caused due to both conscious and unconscious factors. Motivation depends upon the intensity of the desire or want, benefit of achieving the desired goals and expectations of the person. These factors are the reason a person acts in a particular way.

People are always wondering what to do when their motivation level is low. What they can do to achieve the motivation level they need for pursuing their objectives? The first thing that everyone should remember is that motivation comes from within a person, not from the outside. No one can motivate a person if that person is not willing to be motivated and even if they can; it will be short term.

Self Image: Who Defines Our Self Image?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

While no two people on the planet will view themselves in the same way, there are going to be people who have a self image that empowers them and there will also be people who have a self image that doesn’t empower them. And ones self image is something that can change as time goes by and is therefore not static.

How one sees themselves at one point in their life could enhance their life and at another time, it could cause them to feel limited and/or incapable. Whereas, if one’s self image doesn’t empower them to begin with, unless they change it, they are not going to feel any different.

Change

“Get busy living or get busy dying”

Friday, May 9th, 2014
This is a line from a great movie, The Shawshank Redemption”, adapted from a story written by Stephen King, into a screenplay written by Frank Darabont.  The line is uttered by one of the main characters as he contemplates life outside of prison.  The character has spent most of his adult life inside the walls of a prison for a false accusation.  As he secretly gets ready to make a great escape he utters to his friend “get busy living, or get busy dying”, and starts a new chapter in his life.  The movie ends with the simple phrase, “I hope.”
Art imitates life
The prison walls are a good symbol of our adult lives.  We are used to structure and discipline.  We go about our adult lives raising our families, going to work, and putting food on the dinner table.  We dedicate ourselves to doing our job as well as possible so that we can secure our financial future for our children. Then the time comes when we no longer have to be disciplined and can live life without structure.  We meander through the reminder of our working lives, struggling to keep hold of the last strands of discipline, like in prison.  When we retire, and all bonds are cut with prison life.  We need to survive on the outside.
Lessons to be learned
Without the structure of a daily routine, we may wander aimlessly through life, not knowing what to do with our retirement, or how to act as a senior citizen.  We have new freedoms, with time to explore, and fulfill our passions, but we fail to capitalize on the situation.  We slowly recede back into our homes, not participating in life, reducing our activities.  This is not the way to go abbot living your golden years.   You have worked too hard for too long, to waste the last few decades of your life doing nothing butwatching the world pass by your front window.   It is time to get going and enjoy the things that make you happy in life. Start living life and loving life.
Focus on your passions
We all have things we enjoyed during our life, but were unable to participate in due to time and money constraints.  Now, during your retirement you have both. There are many opportunities presented in life, and with the freedom that comes when you retire, you must experience as many of them as possible.   The character in the movie is given a chance to join his friend, but it means taking a big chance. In your life, you have a chance to enjoy your passions, do not make the decision to get busy dying, grab hold and get busy living.

This is a line from a great movie, The Shawshank Redemption”, adapted from a story written by Stephen King, into a screenplay written by Frank Darabont.  The line is uttered by one of the main characters as he contemplates life outside of prison.  The character has spent most of his adult life inside the walls of a prison for a false accusation.  As he secretly gets ready to make a great escape he utters to his friend “get busy living, or get busy dying”, and starts a new chapter in his life.  The movie ends with the simple phrase, “I hope.”
Art imitates life