While we all aspire to living a life of meaning and purpose – and preferably one of pleasure – I find that it’s really easy to get lost in the grind. After finding (and flicking through) Rick Warren’s book a few weeks ago, I just came across a summary of some of his ideas. Rick’s a very spiritual guy – a Christian preacher etc – who happened to sell 15 million copies of his last book, basically overnight!
What would you do if you were given $1,000,000?
Well, Rick had to directly answer the question of what he’d do if he was given $10m or $20m or whatever – and more power to him! His answer was that life is preparation for eternity, so he and his wife didn’t make any major purchases, and instead stopped taking a salary and repaid the salary that he had received over his career. Now he serves freely…
To paraphrase: Are you going to live a life for possessions? Popularity? Pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or are you going to be driven by your own purposes? Since I read my grandfather’s copy of The Fountainhead I have seen virtue in being internally directed and motivated; psychology, philosophy and spirituality point us towards happiness through living our own life rather than being manipulated by externalities.
As the Merovingian said: What is your purpose?