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Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
-- Soren Kierkegaard


The MONTHLY Motivator - February 2015


What makes life good

What makes life good? Have you ever asked yourself that? You act like you know what makes life good. And you do know. At some level you do know what makes life good. But how often do you actually bring it out in the open? How often do you think about it? How often do you compare the things you’re doing, the actions you’re taking, the thoughts you’re thinking and your priorities. How often do you evaluate those in terms of your idea of what makes life good?

What does make life good? You live by assumptions, because you can’t think through every little decision every time you have to make it. Your assumptions make it easier and quicker for you to make decisions. The problem with assumptions is, eventually they get outdated, or perhaps they were never really valid in the first place. But because you have become so used to them, they seem to you like truth. And you live with that assumed truth without even thinking about it.

Every now and then, it pays to stop and reconsider. And one of the things that is important to reconsider is this. What makes life good? In your opinion, from your perspective, what makes life good? Think about that. Ask yourself that. The answer is not easy. The answer is not simple. The answer is necessarily very involved. It has many levels. It can have a lot of complexity, the answer to that question. What makes life good? What makes life good for you?

You live by assumptions, and those assumptions become so ingrained in you that sometimes you fight for them and get passionate about things you may not even really care about. But you assume you care about them, so you act very much like you care about them. Sometimes you get despondent and depressed about things that really don’t even matter. And the reason is because you’ve assumed that they do matter.

It’s important to ask yourself, it’s important to know, it’s important to be aware and to keep in mind and to update on a regular basis, what makes life good for you. What is it that makes life good? Because, you see, you have the ability to create those things. You have the ability to bring more of those good things into your life, to bring more of those things that do really, truly make life good for you.

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--Ralph Marston

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