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October 23, 2008

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Ned

Thanks. This is right where I am at. What has struck me recently is the absolute necessity in what Frankl calls 'an inner hold on the spiritual/moral self'.

It is in times of hardship that the contrast between light and dark is most apparent. It is much easier to turn towards the light and leave the shadow world behind.

The Financial Philosopher

Ned:

If we do not have that "inner place to go to" when things are difficult, life can at times seem overwhelming; however, we certainly do have the capacity to find that inner peace.

For this reason, people often surprise themselves when they are able to overcome incredible challenges, or even devastation, and come out of it a better person.

Some people, such as the young lady that Frankl speaks of in his book, do not make it out of the challenge alive, but they do find that "inner hold on the spiritual self" before they die.

The subject matter of Frankl's book can be quite heavy at times but the anecdotal stories are so powerful...

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." ~ Viktor Frankl

Next Gen Politics

Thank you Kent. I don't have much of an intelligent response, only to say thank you for always posting things that make me re-examine the way I live my life and the way I prioritize. You are an essential part of my week. Keep up the good work Kent.

Jerame Clough
-Next Gen Politics

semyhr

Wise words but you need to have a strong personality to live by these words. That's why the weaker people fail in many things I guess. I think I belong to the group of weaker people so I need reminders like this all of the time.

The Financial Philosopher

Jerame / semyhr:

You both are wise to understand your weaknesses and realize that we all need reminders to keep perspective, especially in challenging times.

Truthfully speaking, reading and writing this kind of material is quite theraputic for me, as well...

Cheers...

Andrew

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your recent posts and to me the one of the underlying themes has been purpose. The following is an excerpt from Robert Rabbin that I feel ties in nicely.

Our purpose is not a thing. It is not a box. It is not a job classification. It is not a particular entrepreneurial venture. It is not something we can articulate definitively. It most certainly is not anything that can be found outside of ourselves.

I do not think we will find what we are looking for if we want our purpose to be defined from the outside, in definitive and concrete terms. Life itself has no purpose; it is a flowing, constantly changing stream of mystery, possibility, and surprise. Our desire for purpose is an expression of our alienation from that life-stream. When we live within that life-stream with awareness, our every impulse, our every movement, our every action is fully and wholly purposeful.

Thanks again for some great stuff.

The Financial Philosopher

Andrew:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and those of Robert Rabbin...

I can't help but notice that Rabbin's words, which I have not read before, are quite similar to the themes found in Taoism.

The formal beginning of Taoism, found in Lau-tzu's Tao Te Ching, refers to the Tao, or "the Way," as something that can not be described by words -- as something mysterious and unexplainable.

Taoism also centers upon the idea of "non-being," which will have us let go of our desire to make things happen and rather LET things happen.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts...

Kent

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