Just finished watching “The Internet’s Own Boy – the story of Aaron Swartz” – not only was the government wrong, it was morally unjust, I’m still angry, I’m heart-broken and concerned about our future, a future that rely’s on government. They don’t always have your interest’s in mind. I’m concerned from the perspective of who we elect to office, and the power they use. I have always had a dislike for those who run for office, mostly because I believe their motive(s) is about money & control, not about making our communities and the world a better place. There are a great many injustices in the world, most from the lack of voter turn out, the lack of voters elects the wrong people to office. Voting is more important today than it has ever been, not voting merely guarantee’s we will continue to have more situation’s Aaron found himself fighting. He didn’t run to Russia, although he should have, he was steadfast, he didn’t hide, he stood for what he believed was right. I suggest we all should take his fight and example. What do you stand for, and are you willing to die for it?
If you’re like me, I often find myself wondering whats going to happen next, what does God have for me today kind of questions. As I stare out my office window I can’t help thinking about the next twenty years and what I would like them to look like when I’m 70 something.
Many of us going through life without spending 30 seconds on planning our life. I know back when I was 13 I wanted to be a Major League Baseball player, only to discover I didn’t have the skill and there was no baseball to speak of for anyone 13 or older in my small town. I never pursued the next thing, I just gave up. A huge mistake.
So here I sit, wondering how I want to live out the next decade or two before it all ends. The first thing you do is take inventory right? Inventory on what you ask. On you! I have read a million or two books on business, how to make millions and how to get hired only to discover those authors can’t live your life or do it for you. You are you and what they claim works worked for them. I’ll admit there are common denominators that can be applied to most of us but each person is wired and designed completely different and interprets information from a point of view no one else can have. Let’s get back to the inventory. What questions should you ask yourself in order to pursue the next thing.
1.) What are you good at?
2.) What could I be the best at?
3.) What makes you happy?
4.) What excites you?
5.) What makes you feel accomplished and good about yourself?
6.) What are you most proud of having accomplished in your life?
7.) What do you enjoy sharing and experiencing with other people?
Well you get the idea. This is just a start, you could add your own questions to help flush out the answer or answers. I have found this exercise difficult at different points in my life, particularly today as I crest past 50 years old.
The biggest question of all is: How many people are better off because you lived?
I’ll leave you now to ponder your answer.
Good luck and talk to you soon.