Life: On Purpose

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Can you imagine coming to the end of the line and knowing you spent your chance just floating along? What if instead of being a victim of our own excuses, or others’ pre-made, one-size-fits-all excuses, we lived our lives on purpose? Do you really have to work twice as hard to be twice as successful, or would 10% more do the trick? It shouldn’t be difficult to come up with a reasonable list describing your life’s purpose.

You can probably come up with several satisfactory reasons for working the job you have, living in the home you do, or even acting the way you do. But what if those purposes were met? What if your goals were achieved? Do you have a followup list, or have you at least considered that a re-examination will be necessary at that time, or are you hoping you never reach those goals just so you have a rabbit to chase?

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What You Deserve

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What do I deserve? I ask myself that question but I haven’t come up with an answer. There are a few things that I feel I’m reasonably entitled to. But, if I didn’t receive them, would being deserving of them make any difference? I doubt it.

If anything, I’m probably doing quite a bit better than I actually deserve. It’s easy to get philosophical about what one “deserves” but it’s a moot point in the end. If I don’t get what I think I deserve does that make me a victim? I don’t like the idea of that. The dictionary lists “loser” as a synonym for victim. After all, if you’re a victim something has been taken or withheld from you.

There’s another question I ask myself: Does a bear deserve a trout from the stream?

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Songwriter’s Journal: Far Away

We have always encouraged the kids’ entrepreneurial efforts. Never be too proud to take any work that you need and never be too foolish to permanently rely on others for work. Work should not be hunted and begged for when it can be created out of thin air to any degree.

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