Life is like a box of chocolates. Or is it?
Last week I wrote about what you have in common with others, by demonstrating how normal you are compared to me. At the very least, I showed that if you hate sunshine, don’t care to own property, or hope never to retire, you’re not alone.
This week I want to focus on difference — specifically, differences between your philosophy of life, and someone else’s.
Do you see life as being like a box of chocolates, or a box of hammers?
Is it like a box of kittens, or not like a box of anything at all?
Why am I asking you this?
Everyone has a philosophy of life. You have one whether you’re conscious of it or not.
Your philosophy has a direct impact on your sense of meaning and purpose — things I know you care about.
What’s It All About?
It’s hard to find meaning or purpose if you’re not clear on what life itself means to you. You could accidentally get caught up in someone else’s idea of why you’re here, or of what your purpose should be.
Check out some common philosophies and see if any of them fit for you.
If life is a journey,
You’re a traveler here. You’re collecting experiences until, ultimately, you find your way back home. If you learn and expand your horizons, you’ve succeeded.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
If life is a challenge,
You’re being tested. You’re here to prove your mettle, and the goal is to experience your own ability to overcome. If you endure hardship and survive with your head up, you’ve lived well.
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” ~ Moliere
When life is a canvas,
You express yourself and your creativity through how you live. Your goal is to make your very existence into a kind of cosmic art. Your purpose is achieved through your uniqueness.
“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” ~ Danny Kaye
When you see life as a project,
The very act of living is full of productivity and engagement. You’re here to build something before you leave. Your meaning and purpose are found in your work.
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” ~ Aristotle
If life is a game,
You’re here to beat the competition and win the spoils available only to the winner(s). If you can have fun doing it, so much the better!
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” ~ Albert Einstein
These aren’t mutually exclusive, of course. Do any of them resonate with you? If not, what’s your philosophy of life?
Personally, I view my time on this earth as a project I’m eager to perform. My job, as I see it, is to bring whatever gifts I have to the world before I die. That’s meaningful to me, and it gives me purpose.
… That, and to predict the next Bachelorette on ABC’s show of the same name.