Sunday, February 21, 2010

Why Should I get out of Bed

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help them find it within himself.” -Galileo
One of the reasons I get out of bed is to write. I would be disappointed if I couldn't write my thoughts.  I'm not so excited about work, and find it harder to get up for that, but I do because it is important. Back when I was in high school I found it almost impossible to get up.
In high school, most mornings I didn’t want to get out of bed. Often I would wake up tired, and couldn’t think of a reason to get out of bed. Those days were long and tedious. I had no dream, no vision of what I wanted my life to be. At school I felt like a robot and my education was being programmed into me; other people were making choices for me. I needed change. I needed to take control, but how?
Joi Ito speaks about about school in this short article, Formal vs Informal Education.
I didn’t always feel this way. As a child I can remember dreaming about adventure. I envisioned a better life. But during high school that dream had disappeared and I had lost the imagination and will to shape my destiny. The problem was my dependence on school to fill my needs. I rarely took the initiative and made plans, I left it to others to decide my future.
Craving, ignorance, delusions, and its effects will disappear gradually, as progress is made on the path. -The Big View
Okay that is the back story. Now lets jump forward to see what I have learnt.
After high school my environment changed and I started to see a better life was waiting for me on the other side of the wall.
I started making new friends, reading books and imagining a brighter future. My curiosity in life returned. I could see the new possibilities.
The first insight occurred when I read Stephen Covey’s book, ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Successful people’, l learned the most important step to success:
Be Pro-active
Stephen Covey’s book taught me to see that every success in this world is the result of action. If you don’t get out of bed and make things happen, life won’t get any better; it won’t change. Even if it is just one thing; one goal that is important enough to get out of bed for. You don't have to like it, you don't have to enjoy it, it just needs to be important.
The meaning in one’s life should define what you do. ( until you start doing things for yourself nothing will seem important). -My First Life Lesson
To understand more about the importance of meaning in ones life I suggest reading Victor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning" to learn about logotherapy.

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