A Life Of Meaning And Responsibility

We must create our own meaning and take responsibility for ourselves. With that said. I begin this article: I was having an early morning discussion today with my Mother about past pain and trauma in my childhood. Although it was mostly one-sided, and I was fully letting it go once in for all, I realized that if it is to be it is up to me. Especially when I seriously quote luminaries like Calvin Coolidge (on persistence) and Mark Spitz (on work ethic) almost all the time, now. Think about it, nothing takes the place of persistence and great work ethic, not even “natural genius” or “good looks that get you through initially”. Do not just read what I am saying, hear what I am saying, especially “those that have everything on a silver platter, easy” that need a dose of this lesson here.

Sometimes, I think the real “easy way” comes to the person willing to do the hardest things in the genuine best and most meticulous way possible with full detail and honesty attended to in every way. On the other hand, the real hard way comes to those “who have it too easy without understanding fully what they have until after they have used it wrong”. I took the genuinely real “easy way” like the first example, and that way seems “silly” sometimes to the best and worst of us until it is “too late”, “after the fact” and all is said and done, results are tallied and realities counted for.

A life of meaning and responsibility is always harder than cruising through it all, but I can tell you that it is worth it in every way for anyone who fully lives it and without wishing for that “easy way” even at times. What do you think Friedrich Nietzsche really tried to mean by “The noble soul has reverence for itself”? A truly noble soul does not want any part of “easy dishonesty” and lives for what is real and really good instead of what “looks good”. Reality to be conquered must genuinely be obeyed, right down to avionics when it comes to genuine plane flight? Well, I say life is that way, and it cannot be faked ultimately even if we seemingly and temporarily “get away with faking it for a while”. So, start thinking: There is nothing to hide behind, really. There is nothing to fake definitely, and reality always catches up with us ultimately. If you do the right thing, there is nothing to worry about. If you do the wrong thing, it will catch up with you ultimately. Final hint in this article: The only ultimate cheater is in the mirror, and our only ultimate best friend if we do the right thing is in the mirror.

Get On A Good Foot

When you step out in life and have courage, make sure the thing you step out on has a definite heart, powerful soul and driving spirit in it. Reality to be worth anything has to have a great foundation, or start out on a “good foot” so to say, or be nothing. To say the least indeed, we all need a goal that motivates us genuinely, sure. Something more is needed though, call it genuine self-esteem, realistic quality and spirit or whatever. I will just start out with something more than just to have a great goal is needed.

We can have the greatest goals and all the great backing in existence and still genuinely and horribly fail if we do not start out with the right premises within. What I mean by the right premises is to start out with the right spirit really, though. I cannot repeat that reality in different ways enough.

At best, we do get off on the good foot with the right backing and all. At worst, we can have everything in line except for the right heart and spirit. Why do you think Bill Withers (William Harrison Withers, Jr.) retired from music at the height of his fame and did something else like real estate successfully so many years ago? I am saying, however successful you are at something, if the heart of the power is gone or the fruit of joy has dried up in it, you have to move on or it is worse than failure. It is a dead horse with rigor mortis being whipped “back to life” and no matter how much those dead muscles move, life and consciousness is not coming back into that horse.

So, a theory of mine: Here is how eternal life starts out, it starts out with you doing something you love to do forever, and genuinely love to do without retiring or quitting, especially something you love doing on a Friday night that you genuinely love to do. I do not just mean that, of course, I mean an eternity of doing things you enjoy and love productively.

After all, a labor of love is where life truly, honestly and genuinely begins anyhow. Doing things you hate or genuinely fear is where life ends, however much you “get” doing them. This is a rather extreme example, but why do you think assassins get lots of money for taking a life and then cannot enjoy the money genuine or a con person steals a lot and cannot enjoy what they steal? When you are in the natural flow of enjoyable, productive life, it means everything. Negativity and evil mean nothing really except for a bad headache at the least, and death at the most. So, getting off on a good start and a “good foot” is always the way to go or nothing.

My name is Joshua Clayton, I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California. I also write under a few pen-names and aliases, but Joshua Clayton is my real name, and I write by that for the most part now. I am a philosophical writer and objective thinker and honest action taker. I also work at a senior center in Gardena, California as my day job, among other things, but primarily I am a writer.