“Life’s too short!” My mom yelled as I left the house this morning.
Life’s too short for exactly what?
Is life’s too short to work a job that you hate?
Maybe Life is so short that we need to work a job we hate, so that we have money to do the things we want to do.
I’m pretty sure most people aren’t doing what they would like to do with their lives.
I’m sure a lot of people are content with their lives. They work a job that they don’t mind, for a reasonable wage, and they see it as a fair trade. Sadly I think that has become the goal a lot of people strive for. I say sadly, but right now I would love to have a job that I could tolerate for a fair wage.
At what point does this arrangement go from something we feel we can justify because of our youth, to a way of life; maybe not just in regards to our employment.
Maybe it’s a trickle down effect, like a champagne pyramid of complacency. What if it makes its way down to the base of that pyramid; the thing that our whole life is based on?
What would happen if we took the same attitude to our relationships that most of us take to employment?
I get the feeling that a lot of people think “I can tolerate my job. It pays me well enough. Sure there’s some thing else I would rather do, but that’s a big risk, and I don’t think I’m willing to take it”. I say that because I’ve asked “What would you do with your life if you had a million dollars”, and not once has someone said, “Exactly what I’m doing now”.
Can you imagine if that was how I felt about my non existent girlfriend? My Friends? Or my Family?
What about my Church?
So what’s the secret? Never settling for anyone, or any place, always jumping around thinking that there’s always something better?
Maybe the answer is to put those things before you, base your happiness on those around you, and what you contribute to them.
I don’t really have an answer here. I guess the question “can I make myself happy by putting others first?” is inherently flawed. If I was truly just interested in putting others before me would I be so selfish to ask the question “how can I make myself happy?”
That doesn’t stop all of us from asking it though does it?