Quotes of the Day 20080404

“If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.” — Edward Everett Hale 1822 – 1909, Clergyman

Yesterday I read a post over on Zen Habits about being content even while striving for goals. I’ve often wondered how to walk that fine line between between being content and being complacent, between being satisfied and going for the gold. That post gave some excellent insight.

On top of that, I read in The Power of Now about a similar concept which I will quote here:

There is nothing wrong with striving to improve your life situation. You can improve your life situation, but you cannot improve your life. Life is primary. Life is your deepest inner Being. It is already whole, complete, perfect. Your life situation consists of your circumstances and your experiences. There is nothing wrong in setting goals and striving to achieve things. The mistake lies in using it as a substitute for the feeling of life, for Being. The only point of access for that is the Now. You are then like an architect who pays no attention to the foundation of a building but spends a lot of time working on the superstructure.

And as I mentioned in today’s post to my Gratitude Journal, I’m listening to Choosing Your Future. In this set he talks about how we all have a purpose and it’s up to us to decide on that purpose and then go for. He advises people to die empty. There is no use saving yourself, no one gets out of here alive. We can either die having spent our lives in the bleachers or having spent our lives on the field. Which will you do? I choose the field.

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