Friend, good morning.
What's your aim in life?
How do you feel about what you do?
About what you want to do?
About what you can do?
About your potential? How do you feel about that? Your own potential?
When you don't come up with an instant answer, don't worry. Neither does any of us.
These aren't facile questions.
What we aim for and what we do, are Life Directional activities. Truly.
Frequently people can only think of what they might like to own materially, or what they want to possess, or get, or have access to as an amenity in their lives.
But these are means to an end. They're things that get collected along the way.
And they're useful in that context.
They can be a measurement of choices available. Or of an affluence. Or influence. Or of a status.
And they can be used like that, reflecting where you are in a social setting, or business achievement, or of personal ability.
It depends on how you choose to interpret them.
But there's another aspect to your aims and goals, your aspirations.
Who do you believe you are? What image have you of yourself as a Human Being?
When I was asked this in the 1960's, I thought the question was irrelevant.
So much so, that I nearly dismissed it.
Of course, then, when I'd thought about it for all of five minutes, I saw that what I was being asked was what I believed, really believed, my life was about.
What was my purpose?
Was I conscious of one?
Did I believe in it?
Was I up to it?
What was I doing about it?
How was my life going in relation to it?
These questions came to me over weeks, not minutes. They set me on another road to thinking about what I was, and in my own case, largely wasn't, doing about it.
They questioned basic thoughts, actions, activities which I'd taken for granted. A lot of what I was doing was because 'that's the way things were'.
That was what we did in life. And mostly because I hadn't questioned why we did it this way, or that way.
So when these questions began to bring up answers I'd never before considered, there was a strong element of surprise, wonder, and mainly of a kind of quiet excitement at the possibilities that began to surface. It didn't mean that life turned upside down and instantly changed into raging success and rabid achievement.
The transformation was more subtle, much more subtle. And much more real.
The fact that we even consider an alternative to what we see as the current existence, opens the mind.
We don't have to do anything. There's no obligation.
However, the fact that we know we can do something about where we are, or where we want to go, brings choice into our lives.
Then we make our own decisions.
And stand or fall by them.
As a matter of interest, in my own case it meant a complete change of life; giving up what was considered a safe, secure and pensionable career, and one at which I was competent, at age 25, to go into an area of work that wasn't even a recognised industry at the time.
My friends tried earnestly, and sincerely, to dissuade me.
My family nearly disowned me; they thought I was getting into the 'Massage Parlour' business.
And frankly, I'd no idea on how it'd turn out.
Was it worth it?
That depends on your definition of success. It's a different criterion for everyone.
But more on this later. Stay posted.