Staring the stars

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Recently I addressed the tenets of living each day with purpose and meaning. Through the two classical gems of wisdom The Message of a Master  and  Man’s Search for Meaning,  the two authors unpack incredible wisdom on how to reprogram your life and narrow it to focus (check out our growing collection  Here ). The last 48 hours I bumped into Eric Maisel’s book  Rethinking DepressionEric unravels a “shortcut” to making each day flood and thrive with meaning. (I deliberately placed the term shortcut in italics)

Eric affirms and I quote “… something like a method or set of principles does flow from the existential ideal. It sounds like the following: You weigh your actions against a vision you have of the person you would like to be, the person it would make you proudest to be; you take action; you learn from your experience to what extent you guessed right; and you make use of what you’ve learned as you weigh your next decision. We can give this a shorthand name: the principle of personal pride. You use the principle of personal pride to make your meaning. This may be the beautiful, imperfect, harrowing way — the way of making meaning.”

Joseph Camphell

You want a shortcut to making meaning?

Here it is:

  1. Imagine who you would like to be—the person it would make you proudest to be.
  2. Act like that person.
  3. Repeat.

Yes, that’s a very challenging standard. Yes, we will often fall short of it. But by returning to this ideal again and again we make meaning and, in the process, we create our most authentically awesome lives.

So, let’s get on that.

What would the person you would most like to be do in this moment?

Let’s make ourselves proud!

The meaning of life


As always,Let’s Keep Optimizing and see you at the top where there’s enough room for everyone🙂


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estranged street child

Estranged street child

I think about the young generations and they say they want to make it,

While politicians around them think of money and how to get it,

I think of students who talk of grade A and how to net it,

While others have the vision but they don’t know how to implement it,

I know of talented dancers who know how to toast it,

I mean, whatever potential you have – deploy it!

Each day i see kids in the street,

With absolutely nothing to eat,

Only a pulsating feeble heart beat,

To own their basic needs they have to con or cheat,

They’ve got no where to seat,

We watch them,

Beat them,

Insult them,

Evade them,

It’s a sad reality you know?

Some times they have to offer sex in exchange of one meagre meal – Oh no!

Because they’ve got no farms to sow,

Or anywhere to go,

We have to instill change,

And nourish some sense,

Then from here we can always gauge,

How far we need to go to unlock our virtues from its cage,

I mean if we could change the world of tomorrow,

By cultivating self discipline however narrow,

And love each other just like the dove and the sparrow,

Street children could forget to borrow,

And avoid sorrow,

Then the other continents could follow,

Nelson Mandela invented a cheap way to sort out this sanction,

But subdividing the entire fraction,

And emphasizing on fundamentals of education,

The entire ripple commences with you and me,

And soon it will be evident for everyone else to see,

And charge in faster than Bruce Lee,

Remember, education is a tough war on a global scale,

I hear death is pale,

But i’d rather hear both sides of the tale,

But then again life moves pretty fast than a whale,

If you don’t stop and look around once in a while,

You could miss it as you wail 😦 😦

P.S: If you liked this post you may also like my post,“An open letter to my invisible friends”

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