This painting worked for Pablo Picasso. It doesn't do much for me.
The same can be said for so many things. Just because it floats your boat, it may not float mine. Life is like that. Frustration comes when people work hard to force you into a place where you don't belong and where you can't find equilibrium. Like suggesting that I hang the Picasso in my den so I have to look at it when I'm working.
Many people have ideas about "how life is supposed to be" and they never quite work out. Here is my view of things based on experience.
(1) I've done things that many people think are cool, and most of them aren't what they're cracked up to be.
(2) Many of the best experiences I've had in life just happened. They weren't planned.
(3) Based on my present track record, about 90% of the business projects I work on fail. I consider a 10% success rate to be rather good and try to maintain that level. I agree with Linus Pauling that the best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. One is bound to be good.
(4) Live in the present. Living in the past breeds regret, living in the future inevitably leads to insecurity, worry and false expectations. In the words of a famous mantra: "The only easy day was yesterday!" If you live in the present, you simply enjoy life a lot more.
(5) There are two theories to understanding women. Both are wrong.
(6) Being a grandparent is better than being a parent.
(7) Being rich is better than being poor. There's not much nobility in either poverty or ignorance.
(8) I'm trying to perfect my humility, but somehow that eludes me. Otherwise, I'm practically perfect.
Most lists have ten items. I have stopped at 8 because I'm sure I'll find two more things to add before I cash in my chips/push up daisies/croak/shuffle off this mortal coil.
This blog has many elements and depending on your interests, may pique your imagination...or not. I urge you to be unreasonable. Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. The unreasonable persist in trying to adapt the world to themselves, therefore all progress depends on unreasonable people. The more unreasonable you are, the more likely you are to enjoy this blog. All men dream, but not equally.
If you're a socialist or a Marxist, you'll find that I poke fun at your absurd notions of "good government" on a regular basis. So you might not wish to follow this blog because you'll be offended.
John Locke said, "One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant." I like what Locke said. We can't theorize without adequate information because when we do we inevitably twist facts to suit theories rather than theories to suit facts. In this blog and in my life, I try to maintain this perspective.
Either you believe in our essential spark of shared divinity, or you succumb to our human insecurity. Either way your conscience lets you slice it, the main thing is to earnestly do what is right at the time.
Today, I balance work and play as much as anyone can. All things remaining equal, play is more important. Life is short - it's important to make every day count for something, if only to yourself.
I'm a former tinker/tailor/soldier/sailor who has now decided that maybe it really wasn't all done for nothing.