My friend Brian MacKenzie commented on the Greek tragedy piece that appeared today. It is a heart felt and beautiful insight. Notice, “Life isn’t a game, it’s your life.” It will pay us all to take this message to heart. Financial things, possessions, and your job are not crucial to a good life. By themselves they add no meaning to life. These things are part of life planning but not the dominant part. Done poorly, they could restrict some other choices, but that’s all.
Here is Brian:
“In my many years of sales management, I have, if nothing else, become something of a connoisseur of hubris. And the child of hubris, irrational behavior. The two commonalities I have noticed between high achievers, neurotics, manipulators and downright sociopaths, is their non-negotiable and myopic narcisism, and their pervasive, insatiable unhappiness. I have come to view the latter as the product of the former.
The good news is that I occasionally have come upon individuals who have managed to wring happiness and productivity out of less than ideal circumstances, and with less than optimal personal resources. These people seem to have, through design or management, avoided taking themselves too seriously, and have avoided the endless comparisons that haunt many “driven” people. Comparison is truly the thief of joy.
Life isn’t a game, it’s your life. It’s not numbers on a piece of paper, it’s the sum of what you have done in your finite hours of consciousness. It can be bigger than you, if you dare, or it can be a minute footnote, if you hoard it. There are no trial runs, and when it’s over, the sum of your existence will not be measured by what you consider important. It will be measured by what you have put into the lives of others around you, and how important it is to them.”
Thank you Brian.
Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international public accounting firm and is now with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in Peterborough Ontario.