Live Like There Is…

“I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t, than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is” ~Albert Camus. A conversation I once had with a friend:

Him: Does God want you to feel that way?

Me: No.

Him: Then maybe you should stop.

I try to live my life based on the simple question: If there is a God, would He want me to do what I’m about to do? I’ve come to the rock solid conclusion that there is NEVER a good time to do the opposite of what God would want me to do… even if there is no God. The goal for today: put my best effort into doing what I know in my heart is Right! Have a great day everybody!

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Look Out For #1

My approach to life used to be “Look out for #1”… but that never brought me any real happiness. The strange thing about selfishness is that it NEVER makes us feel satisfied or fulfilled… even when we get what we “think” we want. You could gain the whole world through looking out for #1, but it will NEVER make you feel the way that looking out for others will. One of the great paradoxes of this life is that unselfishness is the ONLY way to get what we really need. The goal for today: achieve true happiness, peace & freedom by putting the needs of others ahead of your own! Have a great day everybody!

Hindsight + Insight + Foresight = Visionary

Everything is easy in hindsight… but what about insight & foresight? We can all look back & clearly see what we should have done instead, but the real key to life is to look back on past mistakes specifically to avoid making the same mistakes here in the present (insight)… knowing that if I take the opposite action, I will get the opposite outcome moving forward (foresight). Example: in the past I was selfish & it made me unhappy; so if I live unselfishly today, happiness will be the guaranteed outcome. The goal for today: learn from the past… so I can live Right in the present… & enjoy a future full of happiness! Have a great day everybody!

Money

“Love of money is the root of all evil”… & damn do we love it! However, I have learned that everything in life has 2 unhealthy extremes… left & right. I have come to hate money & that also has caused me quite a bit of grief. It is important that we try to find balance in all of our ways; the middle ground… the happy medium. I don’t want to love money… it’s not worthy of that; but I don’t want to hate it either… it is a necessary part of our everyday lives. The goal for today: as far as money goes… earn it, respect it & prioritize it properly… beneath God, people & country! Have a great day everybody!

Universal

I believe in a Universal Truth. I believe that there are certain things that apply to every single human being in the history (and future) of mankind. And I believe that once we begin to truly understand these Universal Truths, nothing else really matters. We really need to find some common ground, some unity… because believing that we are all so different, robs us of the opportunity to live & work together. Although we all have our differences… we should focus on the Unlimited Power of our similarities. The goal for today: Unity! Have a great day everybody!

One Solution

Every problem has exactly ONE definite, permanent, guaranteed solution. There are a million ways to patch a problem up on the surface, but there is only one way to fix a problem properly. If my car runs out of gas, I can push it, tow it, or coast it… but it’s still out of gas. Life works the same way. Once I realized that selfishness was the root cause of my unhappiness… I was excited! Why? Because then I knew for certain that the ONE & ONLY possible solution to my problem was unselfishness… there is no other! The goal for today: find the cause, do the opposite, problem solved… guaranteed! Have a great day everybody!

The Wisdom Of Humility

Is being right more important than being helpful? I know a lot about alcoholism & drug addiction… & I help a lot of people. But if someone were to prove my methods wrong, I would concede to that immediately, because I am far more concerned with you getting well & staying alive than I am with me being right. Humility is something that I was lacking most of my life… but these days, when push comes to shove, your life is far more important than my ego. The goal for today: be confident & strong… but know that humility is where real wisdom comes from! Have a great day everybody!