In his amazing book, A Whole New Mind, Dan Pink talks about why R-Brainers will rule the future. It’s a very provocative book and one that has given me a lot of “food for thought”. So more such that it’s causing me to begin looking at my life from a whole new perspective. One that is definitely more exciting, more challenging, more meaningful and absolutely more purposeful.
As an aging baby boomer, my values, goals and objectives in life over the last few years have been shifting in a new direction. It has been a subtle shift, but this book confirmed my closeted suspicions and is now opening the doors the bring it out of my mind’s closet. It is all about taking stock and looking at the bigger picture of the meaning and purpose of my life. Deep down, I firmly believe we are all ultimately on the same quest. Needlessly to say, it’s a journey, not a destination. Some of us are further along than others.
Viktor Frankl in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning is a great story about living purposefully. His purpose was survival, and in a way ours is as well. Though not in the same way as Frankl, but in a deeper, all encompassing one. It is similar to the kind of self-actualization that Maslow describes. A kind of ultimate euphoria. A sort of spiritually enlightened state of mind.
As Lauren Artress so aptly puts it, “We are not human beings on a spiritual path, but spiritual beings on a human path”. With this as a framework, we begin to realize that we can and should be so much more than we are presently. We need to break free from the limiting world view of life to expand our horizons to be all we can be.
I keep thinking to myself that there is so little time and so much to be accomplished and realized in this lifetime. There is a sense of frustration with time running out, but there is also a sense of urgency and motivation to press on.
And so I continue to press on…. to continue the journey to finish well. I encourage you to do the same.