G.B. Shaw on True Joy in Life


This is one of my all tme favorite quotes on vocation, purpose, meaning in life, commitment to the things that matter most. I am using this as a core reflection assignment in an upcoming 90-5-U Leadership Community.

If you want the handout for reflecting on this - send me a note.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


Your Wild and Precious Life

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver

At a recent funeral, I spoke from Psalm 90 (a Psalm of Moses). Moses describes life as short and the days as difficult. Even though life is short and difficult, there is something fierce and beautiful, wild and precious about it.

We are, after all, just a little lower then the angels. 
We are those of whom it is said, "God is mindful."
Fearful and wonderful is how we are created.
Magnificent purpose is why we are here.
(See Psalm 8 & 139) and Ephesians 2:10)

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life?
That is a great question, but it is not the only question, and perhaps it is not even the best question. 

Here is another question, similar theme, but very different focus:
How can my life become more meaningful?

Do you see the difference between these two? The first question may involve reflection and discovery, even insight. But... technically, that is all that question is designed to achieve - an understanding about the meaning of life. (Note - the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q & A #1 is a pretty good place to begin on this.)

Careers - How Many will You Have?

My dad spent his entire adult life in three jobs.

Chosin Reservoir, Korean War(1)  Shortly out of high school, he was in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. He was part of the Army unit that saw action at the Chosin Reservoir. (I am incredibly proud of my dad and his service for his country.)  By the way, this image does not have my father in it, but it is what that particular military experience was like for the Korean Veterans.

What, How, Why (and Endurance)

What gives you the power to endure and to persevere? What keeps you moving on when things are difficult and you would like to give up?

Victor Frankl, quoting Nietzsche says, "A man can eudure almost any how if only he has a why."

Here is a meager example to illustrate that profound thought. I spent two years working a very hard job, in very difficult circumstances, with a "boss" who was terribly dysfunctional, mean, angry and who "hated me." (The boss part lasted about 4 months.) Most days I did not want to go to work, but I did. Why? Well, that is the key. I had a "why" / reason I went to work.

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