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Love Your Job

Love Your Job

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Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
-Confucius (551 BCE — 479 BCE)

How many people do you know who endlessly complain about their job? Even if they aren’t verbally expressing their dislike, it is likely they are repressing their opinion so as to seem more positive or amiable.
There are people who make work look effortless, however, and I imagine you know a few of these people. Teachers and artists are often examples, but it can be anyone. I’ve met janitors that genuinely enjoy their work.
Now, imagine for a moment that you never had to work another day in your life. Perhaps you are already so fortunate as to be in this position, and you’ve found your calling. For the rest of us, let’s consider what it would be like to wake up each morning enthusiastic about what we have planned for the day. How does that feel?

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Listen to Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart

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“Some people measure the worth of good actions only by their natural qualities or their difficulty, given the preference to what is conspicuous or brilliant… The dignity and difficulty of a good action certainly affects what is technically called its accidental worth, but all its essential worth comes from love alone.”
–Jean-Pierre Camus

People often believe that unless their actions are noticed by others, it doesn’t seem to count for as much. Much of the best work is the world, however, goes largely unnoticed by the majority of people.
This begins at a very young age, when we are trying to get the adoration of our parents and teachers. We learn to base the worth of our actions on the response of others.

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Discover Inner Peace

Discover Inner Peace

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“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”
Abraham Maslow (April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970)

No amount of fame and fortune will satisfy you if you aren’t doing what you really want to. The trick is to discover this for yourself, because no one else can tell you. People may be able to point in the right direction, but they are few and far between. Most of the time, they will try to guide you to what they think is best.

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How to Be a Greater Person

How to Be a Greater Person

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“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
-Patanjali

There is a natural harmony to the Universe, and life does make sense. The things that we are the most passionate about, are the things that we are the best at. This is no accident, as life is meant to be enjoyable for all. When we feel excited about some project or task, it is a clue that we are meant to accomplish it.

Naturally, we still have free will in the matter. There is always the choice to pursue our dreams, or to ignore our calling. The decision seems fairly obvious when stated like this, and yet the vast majority of us refuse to listen to inspiration.

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Real Star Trekking? 

Real Star Trekking? 

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After Leonard Nimoy’s death yesterday, I thought it was time to disclose something I’ve kept secret for a long time.

I hesitate to tell this story for a number of reasons, but feel impelled to now. Only a small number of people know about it, even though it occurred over 10 years ago.

While I was in the military and stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, I saw something that I literally couldn’t believe…

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The Giver Should Be Thankful 

The Giver Should Be Thankful 

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There is a Zen koan titled, “The Giver Should Be Thankful” which has always stuck with me since I first heard it. It goes like this:

Seisetsu was the master of a Temple.
He required larger quarters, since those in which he was teaching were overcrowded. Umezu, a local merchant, decided to donate five hundred pieces of gold called ryo toward the construction of a bigger school.
This money he brought to the teacher.
Seisetsu said: “All right. I will take it.”

Umezu gave Seisetsu the sack of gold, but he was dissatisfied with the attitude of the teacher.
One might live a whole year on three ryo, and the merchant had not even been thanked for five hundred.
“In that sack are five hundred ryo,” hinted Umezu.
“You told me that before,” replied Seisetsu.
“Even if I am a wealthy merchant, five hundred ryo is a lot of money,” said Umezu.
“Do you want me to thank you for it?” asked Seisetsu.
“You ought to,” replied Uzemu.

Why should I?” inquired Seisetsu. “The giver should be thankful.”

Perhaps this makes absolutely no sense to you at this point. If that is the case, you’re not alone. The purpose of a koan is to confuse people. One of the most common one’s is: “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”

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