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What if Money Was No Object…

As we bring in the new Mayan calendar, introducing a “new world from that as how we know it”, I wanted to share this video.

After recently stumbling upon Danielle LaPorte‘s brilliant work, I’ve been thinking a lot about “core desired feelings” – something that most of us seem to be really detached from, or have around the wrong way.

Our society is engrained with the belief that we have to choose from a small selection available of what we have to do, in order to live a good life. However, it seems as though those who are in tune with their core desires, are those who are truly happy, and living a rich life – whether that is financially rich or not doesn’t matter when you are truly rich on the inside. These thought-provoking words of Alan Watts are a great way to bring in the new year. I have no doubt that this video will be the most productive three minutes you will have today, or perhaps even this year.

Alan Wilson Watts (1915 – 1973)

What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?

Let’s suppose, and I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say, well, we’re getting out of college and we have the faintest idea what we want to do. So I always ask the question, “What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?

Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say, “Well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way.” Or another person says, “Well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses.” So I said, “You want to teach in a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?”

When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, “You do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.”

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much. That’s everybody is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track.

See what we are doing, is we’re bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lifes we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing, so it’s all retch, and no vomit it never gets there. And so, therefore, it’s so important to consider this question,

What do I desire?

Transcript Source: LYBIO.net

Photo source: Aristocrats-hat via photopin cc

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    April 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I have been listening to a number of Alans audios. He is truly inspiring and thought provoking. To have been at one of his lectures would have been amazing. Great write up Lynn.

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    Dominick Marziliano
    December 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Very Inspiring!! Great post.

    • Reply
      Lynn Gilmartin
      December 22, 2012 at 7:07 am

      I appreciate that a lot Dominick, thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Bill Bradley
    December 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Well said by mr watts.
    Life is a grind. Work all week every week.
    Spare time is a balancing act. Things you
    Need to do and things you want to do.
    Unfortunately the things you need to do
    Occupies too much time and things you want
    To do get pushed backed and back and back
    What’s wrong with this vicious cycle?

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    nicole cunningham
    December 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    love your site and all that you write about xxx

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