Sunday, January 25, 2009

Life Perspective

For a number of people winning at life appears to be an ever increasing list of things to have or to be accomplished. They are never satisfied with what they have and therefore are always living in the future. Others seem to live with the chains of the past. Every failure to achieve something adds yet another chain preventing them from taking chances at all and therefore end up doing nothing.
In both cases the present escapes them and they are never happy with any aspect of their life. Why do we make it so hard to just enjoy our lives?
Is there a better perspective?
Instead of making life a perpetual contest we could perhaps change our perspective by asking instead what is the legacy that we will leave behind us when we die. If we have made a positive difference in even just other person then we have won. Our life has meaning. If we were to use the analogy that life is like a poker game then each moment is like having a fresh hand dealt. What has gone on before has no bearing on the current hand dealt other than the experience of getting to know the other players. It is the accumulation of well played hands that produce a winner not dissimilar to life.
The change from winning to legacy and the focus on how we play the current hand dealt by circumstances and our interactions with others could lead us to living a more fulfilling life.
Your thoughts?

14 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

First of all it's great to see a new post from you. You've been missed. I had to look twice when you popped up in my Google reader.

You are so right about this. I fear that some folks' ego won't let them get past this issue. What a shame too.

Our fast paced world probably doesn't help either. Expectations can be so very high as well.

I live life to the fullest every single day and each day is different.

Have a terrific day Peter. Regards and ear scratches to Cleo. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Thanks sandee from me and Cleo

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Ernie Small said...

interesting post.
it's definitely all about trying to live in the moment. people are indeed so hung up in their accomplishments that they lose sight of what they could be enjoying in the here and now.
of course, for that matter, i think people shouldn't get too hung up in fretting about their "legacy" either. both seem like mind-mistakes to me if you are truly searching for happiness.

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