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Thought of the Day: “Money is an improperly contextualized measurement of success, which humans have spent far too much time obsessing over.”

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Money is an improperly contextualized measurement of success, which humans have spent far too much time obsessing over.

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January 16th, 2014 at 11:59 am

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My Birthday Reflection about Birthdays Re-Imagined

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Picture of Graffiti saying "Happy Birthday", Source: R Sones, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Birthday_Graffiti_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1249711.jpgI generally don’t talk much about my birthdays.  As an instructor, I didn’t want to have the event take away from what was going on in the class, and also I always felt it was one of those professional boundaries I should keep up, between myself and students.

But, maybe birthdays can get re-imagined.  For each of us, in a very real way, it is our “new years day”.  So instead of thinking solely about cake and presents, we have the opportunity to realize that the present is our present; we are alive and that is worth celebration.  We are the product of success of billions of years of ancestry.  Yet our individual window is at most around 100 years, if we are fortunate and work to live that full amount.

We have our memories of our life so far, and on our birthdays I encourage us to remember all we can about what us brought us here, and to write out what we have learned from those experiences.  Then, to think about the day as the cusp where the past meets the future, and then make concrete decisions and resulting actions based upon where we were, and what we learned, to start towards tomorrow. And then, write about where we now choose to head towards in the future.

So with this idea in mind, I will be reflecting today and the next few days on my life, and posting soon with where I see myself to have been, am now, and to be.

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January 16th, 2014 at 6:38 am

Posted in Philosophy