Reflections On Life From The Operating Table
If you read this as you receive it, think of me. A part of me will be being removed, surgically, forever and at this very moment. Right now as I write, my nerves are pumping. It’s helped me crystalize what makes for a flourishing life. It’s a new discovery. It feels kind of right. How does it feel for you and your life?
OK. It’s a minor operation in the scheme of things. Gall bladder removal. Never even knew what a gall bladder was really, until a few weeks ago. And certainly did not know you can live without it. Well- you can. I hope.
This hospital visit has made me reflect on ‘What’s it all about?’ I have been thinking about what makes a meaningful life, for me. I wasn’t going to do a Possums this week- too distracted. Then, when looking through my Possums ‘ideas’ file, I discovered this gem about what makes us flourish in our lives. Not sure where I got it from. But please- give it a read. Needs 30 seconds of reading. Here it is:
Most people realize that they really need to do things for other people.
“There is a deep fear that one’s life will be lived in vain – without making a contribution, or a benign difference, to the lives of others. … Flourishing means getting on with the things that are important for you to do, exercising your capacities, actively trying to “realize” what you care about and bring it into life. But these activities involve anxiety, fear of failure and setbacks, as well as a sense of satisfaction, occasional triumphs and moments of excitement.
A good life is still a life. It must involve a full share of suffering, loneliness, disappointment and coming to terms with one’s own mortality and the deaths of those one loves. To live a life that is good as a life involves all this.”
That’s the best I can do this week. My mind is elsewhere. I hope you found it of value. I did. It is a message that suits my melancholy mood.
It makes me think about what ‘flourishing’ means to me….what the ingredients are that make my life flourish. It’s not about money- though the right amount of money can help you do some of the things that help you flourish no doubt. It is about “getting on with the things that are important to you, exercising your capacities, actively trying to ‘realise’ what you care about and bring it into life.”
Food for thought. And that’s the kind of mood I am in today.