Monday, 19 January 2009

My Philosophy Of Life

Here’s a summary of my philosophy of life.

Life is transient. We were born, live a number of years, and we die. In between we do the best we can with what we have got. 

Life can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. 

I believe life is all about cause and effect. Things don’t happen on its own. 

Sometimes, we make waves; sometimes, we ride the waves; and sometimes we go with the flow of the currents.

There is no certainty or security in life. The only certainty in life is change and death. Nothing remains the same for long. And where there is birth, there is death. 

There is no absolute right or wrong, good or bad. Everything depends on our perception and understanding of the issues at hand. So don’t be too rigid in your thinking. Keep an open mind.

Think, analyse, reason, rationalise. Use your logic and common sense. If logic and common sense tells you that something is not right, then that thing is most probably not right. 

Don’t judge. Everyone one of us has problems of our own. We don’t know what battles the other person is fighting. Besides, we are all different. We do things differently. And we have our reasons for doing the things we did.

Be humble, be nice, be kind, be forgiving of people. And most of all, love and be kind to yourself. We all need a break now and then, and we should give ourselves a break too.

Sometimes we win, sometimes we loose. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail. But that is not important. What is important is that we did our best and we enjoyed the game, or the challenge. Failure and success are not permanent. We may win the next time round. 

Be patient. Sometimes things take a little longer than expected – whether it is receiving good tidings, or for your woes to go away. A time for everything. Let nature takes its course.

Acquire knowledge and wisdom. Read deeply, listen attentively, observe closely. Knowledge and wisdom will help you understand the world you live in – and yourself.

Take things easy. Be happy. Laugh and have fun. Enjoy life. A little forbearance, a little understanding, a little humour and surely you will enjoy a happy and fulfilled life.

So, there you are – my philosophy of life – the basics of it anyway. What do you think?

Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open. - Ludwig Wittgenstein


Sue said...

I love your philosophy of life. I try to stay focused on similar thoughts. I can't always stay positive, but I do try.

I think I will try to define my own philosophy of life as you have here... great post!

Netizen101 said...

Hello Sue,

Thank you for your comments.

It's a good idea to 'define' your own philosophy - as you put it. Like the setting of goals, it helps us to keep focused.

There will always be low periods in our life or moments when we don't feel on top of things, but that's okay. No one can feel happy and positive all the time. We are only human.