One of the things that makes this world go ’round is the fact that we’re all different, yet we’re all similar. I believe everyone can find something in common to talk about with someone else in the world, but at the same time we’re all so very different in so many ways, whether it be where we live, how old we are, what we eat or what we do with our lives. I read a great quote recently that got me thinking. It was from a conversation between James Altucher and Jon Morrow. If you’re not familiar with Jon, he’s been paralyzed from the neck down since birth. Just about anyone you ask would say that that makes him “disabled” (or some related term or phrase). However, they made a good point during their conversation that “Everyone in the world can’t do something as well as someone else… So everyone in a sense is disabled.”
Recently on the Life and Spirituality blog I posted some thoughts about grief and loss, as a close family friend is entering the last part of their journey. Hearing this interview between James and Jon got me thinking about this friend again and about how we live our lives. I’ve seen enough of the TV and the news to know that all of us could live our lives saying ‘woe is me’ and be absolutely right. We’ve all got problems, whether it was that your sandwich got eaten by the office munch or you don’t have clean water to drink. Most of us could list a bunch of things that aren’t right in our lives at this time. As important as it is to recognize the issues, the question is do we just see the issues or do we look for a way out or how to fix them?
Jon is one example of many who choose to look for a better tomorrow, just like my family friend always has. I’m a huge dog lover and have always admired them for their ability to love and play, while often still knowing when it’s time to be serious. Countless dogs around the world are working dogs, whether they sniff for drugs or help people who have mobility issues or other disabilities, or even just love on those who are sick. But it’s those same dogs who work very hard who also teach their humans what it means to see more to life than just what’s right in front of them.
The question we’re really discussing this month as we talk about fun is whether we’re able to find balance between the work (and difficulties) and the play in our lives, or maybe if we’re really willing to. Yes, there will be times when a push or extra hours at work is necessary, but there comes a point that you will burn out. No matter how seriously you panic over or focus on the incoming burn out, it’s unlikely that you can avoid it or recover from it if all you’re focusing on is the burn out.
So today I challenge you to evaluate your focus on life. What are you really focused on? Are you focused on the ways you’re failing and not succeeding (I know they exist, we’ve all got them), or are you making a point to improve in at least one way every day and have at least one period of fun and really live life every day? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to get to the end of my life and be looking back thinking what a miserable person I was and how much of life I missed out on. What about you?