Sunday, March 9, 2008

Caught Up in Trivia

We can easily lose sight of what is truly important in our lives. We get focused on obtaining the next toy or worrying about status or bemoaning the lack of respect we are given by others.

So if we ask ourselves the question of whether any of what currently upsets or makes us angry would mean if today was our last day alive; what might we answer.

We have no guarantee that we will be here tomorrow other than our wishful thinking. So perhaps we shouldn't get so wrapped up in the trivia of life rather than the things that give it meaning. What that would be is very individual to each of us and we should honour that commitment to ourselves. After all it is ourselves who give the meaning to our lives.

Live everyday as if it were your last because someday it will be so don't waste it by being caught up in trivia.

Your thoughts?

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8 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I agree Peter, but sometimes this is easier said than done. Case in point. We have a neighbor that blocks our driveway (on purpose) every Tuesday. She has a trailer in her driveway, which only allows one of her two vehicles to be in the driveway. Her garage if full of junk so she can't park in there either. We are in a cu-de-sac and her house is one of two at the end. We are right next door. The reason for Tuesdays? It's garbage day. Out come her cans and they are right at the edge of our property. Here comes the garbage man and he has to do all kinds of stuff not to hit her car that is parked out in the street. When he is done emptying her can it always seems to be blocking our driveway.

She is home, but won't move the can. We won't move it either unless we have to go somewhere. See... It's a small thing, but very irritating. Do we dwell on it? No, but it's an example of how clods can ruin it for others. I'm sure she thinks it's funny. Okay, I'm done ranting. Have a great day. :)

Peter Haslam said...

That's a good one Sandee good rant :)

Tomas Karkalas said...

Good post. It is ourselves indeed who give the meaning to our lives.
Unfortunately, only the giants dare to claim that so because the world demands to prove that outlook not by word of mouth, but the personal blood.
When I go to shop, the nice philosophy (eg. we all are the brothers) becomes impotent to substitute for a penny to a loaf of bread for my today.
While looking from the point of tomorrow, current worries look meaningless indeed- in case we succeeded to overcome all pitfalls on a road now.

Lim Ee Hai said...

Hi Peter,
Some times it depends on what is the "trivia". There may be times where being careful is better than sorry. We need to practice prudency in handling task assigned. Yet we need to balance the time allocate for ourselves. Guess we need to be focus and be aware of what we are actually doing. We should be consciously asking ourselves "What are we doing?" and "Does this leads to my goal?".This way we will be a etter person.

Earlene Hofer said...

So true! Thanks for the reminder. I'll bet you are a great person to sit and chat with about life.

Peter Haslam said...

Thank you thomas for your add to the conversation appreciated

Peter Haslam said...

Lim trivia and importance are assigned by ourselves. As it is our choice we are accountable only to ourselves. We need to choose wisely as what we give importance too. Thanks for the add.

Peter Haslam said...

Hi earleen life is very much a personal perspective and all perspectives are interesting. Thanks for the compliment