Our work, what we do to provide “our living”, can be how we define who we are, whether we love it or see it as a necessary evil, for most of us, burns up about a third of our lives. If you think about it that’s a tremendous amount of your existence if you consider that for most of us roughly another one third of our life is spent sleeping. If you don’t consider either of those activities to be what you want to end up with from your existence, however long you are here on the planet, then you don’t have much time each day to do what you consider the meaningful stuff (Your Want To’s).
So, most of us have to chop that remaining, roughly, one third of our lives into a whole lot of “Have To’s” just to get to our actual Want To’s.
Personal Maintenance: eating, showering and dressing, grooming and all that goes with these like grocery shopping etc. etc. etc.
Taking care the stuff you’ve accumulated: home, transportation, toys and keeping track of and organizing the stuff.
Administration: bank accounts, taxes, several insurances, financial planning and retirement, debt management and there’s more. (Need I mention that taxes actually steal part of the one third of your life you donate to work?)
Family and social obligations: these commitments are voluntary and are seen as falling into the “Want to” part of our lives. But! Make no mistake a good share of these, once the commitment is made, are absolute Have To’s. So, my question to you is what do we really have left of our lives to spend on your Want To’s?
We started out with about one third of your life after work and sleep now what do you think you have left? Shall we be charitable and say maybe 1/6 of your time is available for Your Want To’s? (Have you ever wondered why the great masters never owned stuff and traveled as the Scriptures say “without purse or script” carrying with them only the clothing on their back?) Well now you know. It literally gave them to lifetimes to follow and achieve their passions compared to the average person’s 1/6 of a lifetime, which many of us live “by default”.) The problem is that we never progressed with our lives beyond that survival existence the vast majority of the world works from dawn till dusk just to be fed and have some shelter.
Unfortunately as a result of spending our lives on the debt of living beyond our means we force ourselves into just as much abject bondage as the medieval peasant who did nothing else but live in his shack and hole in his garden to give two thirds of his income (harvest) to the “master” (the land owner) and the “little boy who lives down the lane” (the King) leaving only one third to his “dame” (his wife) to provide for his family.
Nursery rhyme: “Ba ba black sheep have you any wool? Yes sir yes sir three bags full. One for the master, one for the dame and one for the little boy who lives down the lane.”
Find something that you enjoy doing. Make that your job and find that achievement through the application of the only absolute formula of achievement, referred to in this context as The Guardian Code.
Until next time, may you have the peaceful and charmed life that you deserve.