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The Meaning of Life

 I've been re-reading some of my entries.   (Ah! the epitome of boredom!)   I find that I sound angry.  I have no reason to be angry.

I've never been the type of person who complains about his "lot in life."   By the way, my "lot in life" is pretty good.    I have a good life, a caring wife, wonderful parents and siblings, an extended family that is indistinguishable from my immediate family.

I've had some health issues, but, none are life threatening.

Every once in a while you have to stand in someone else's shoes, to realize how well off that you have it.   

Although business has been slow, I'm not struggling financially.
Many people that I know live off credit cards.  When I was younger I did at times.   It's a terrible feeling.

I know a young woman, who never complains, whose husband has an advanced case of Alzheimer's disease.   Her bravery and dedication is amazing.    How selfish of me to think that my minor gripes compare.

I just completed reading The Meaning of Life by Victor Frankl.  The man's attitude was amazing.  He survived the concentration camps.  His young wife did not survive.   He came out with the belief that all people are capable of good.   I don't know that I agree with that conclusion,  but I think that he has more justification and license to come to the conclusion than I will ever have.   I admire his attitude.

I'm not saying that I will stop feeling sorry for myself.  The psyche has a way of doing what it wants.  I'm just saying that I will think about it,  look at those around me, before I verbalize my complaints.  Maybe this way I'll realize how well off I really am.

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psunach
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
A new kinder JelloMarx
The first log for the New Year finds you quite introspective. This is a refreshing attitude. However, I believe it shall only last a short while. Not as a reflection of you or your intentions, but of the crapola (legal term meaning crapola) that you must put up with on a regular basis in your professional (I use that term loosely) life. But your message is well directed and I will attempt to apply the same attitude in my life. I shall learn from the Master!
jellomarx
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: A new kinder JelloMarx
I've always been known as a better master. Or is that a master better?
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