To Live with Spirit is to find your energy, enthusiasm, resilience and higher calling in life. It is as if you are an artist who draws inspiration from the unknown and transplants it in their work.
There is no reason to live less that this. No work or space is bereft of spirit. Your work can be an inspiration to you and those you love. You can become the mountain that casts its energy across the whole horizon. There is no benefit in playing small. Think Live with Spirit... Find purpose .. evolve yourself.
“Find something more important than you are, and dedicate your life to it” philosopher Dan Dennett
How, exactly, do we find that purpose greater than ourselves? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of "wonder and explore" as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery. Still, there are certain factors — certain choices — that make it easier.
One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along. Alain de Botton
Truly, to find purpose in life we must rise above our vanity. This is the key to it. We are often obsessed with the wrong things and therefore we find it impossible to experience life purpose.
The best way to get approval is not to need it. This is equally true in art and business. And love. And sex. And just about everything else worth having.”
What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn’t worry about vanity. Vanity is the opinion of the rest of the world.
Vanity is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.
Vanity is just fossilized inspiration. If you do anything well enough, you’ll make it purposeful. Plenty of things we now consider prestigious were anything but at first. Jazz comes to mind—though almost any established art form would do. So just do what you like, and let prestige take care of itself.
Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That’s the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on. It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.
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