Day 28 – Thoughts on Finding Meaning

(This post is part of the 30 for 30 Challenge.)

What does it mean to be fulfilled?  To have a meaningful life?  As sentient beings, aware of our past and future selves, how do we reconcile our sense of meaningfulness in the present? Some of us find solace in religion, and resign to its teachings of  mystery and sacrifice as a way towards greater meaning. Others find meaning and purpose in how they make their livelihood, or the activities that make up their daily lives (parenting, teaching, cooking, etc.).  Still others find their deepest meaning when silencing the mind, and disconnecting from their worldly relations. Continue reading “Day 28 – Thoughts on Finding Meaning”

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Day 8 – Enjoying Your Apartment

(This post is part of the 30 for 30 Challenge).

Due to where the New Year holiday fell this year, I’ve been blessed with a few extra days away from the daily grind.  Whenever this happens I typically take the opportunity to enjoy some time in my apartment.   Since during the week I tend to only spend the last few hours of the day here (i.e., bed time), the times when I can actually spend an entire day at home are rare and appreciated. The cycle of it all reminds me of a line from Steven Sondheim’s musical, Company, where the main character Robert explains to April (a cute girl he just brought home) that,

I’ve always liked my apartment buy I’m never really in it. I just seem to pass through the living room, on my way to the bedroom to go to the bathroom to get ready to go out again.

Sadly, this is mostly the case for me as well.

On those rare occasions when I find myself at home for a few days, I take the opportunity to reset and regroup.

If you’re like me, you operate daily in a world of extreme subtlety. Most jobs today (like mine) are filled with work that, by the end of the day, one often looks back and thinks, “What the hell did I just do?”.  For most modern careers, the fruits of labor are highly abstract and only occasionally tangible.  As such, one is often left with a desire for more concreteness in one’s life. Surprisingly enough, one can often find these results from small, everyday activities at home. Continue reading “Day 8 – Enjoying Your Apartment”

Day 6 – Five Priorities for the New Year

(This post is part of the 30 for 30 Challenge)

This is the week for Top 10 lists and resolutions.  “Top 10 moments of 2015” / “Top 10 political gaffes of 2015” / “Top 10 New Year’s resolutions that will change your life for ever and make you the best person in the world for 2016″….The list goes on.

Resolutions are like diets – they work until your ingrained habits get in the way.

That’s why this year, I’m not making resolutions, I’m focusing on changing my priorities, and thereby my habits.  Research indicates that it usually takes at least two months before new habits become automatic.  So that is why realigning one’s priorities is so essential to supporting the formation of new, healthier habits.

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are five priorities for this year, and their corresponding habits that I hope to develop. Continue reading “Day 6 – Five Priorities for the New Year”