The wedding 

This post is not rich in philosophical content or ideas. I believe it is a pretty typical thought process and nothing too noteworthy. However, I believe that it is important to continually define and redefine basic ideas and concepts that I hold. I see things in my life as continually changing and what I struggled with about these questions a few years ago is totally different than what I struggle with today.
As I drive home from Wisconsin to Florida after a fun (my definition of fun below) filled weekend. I reflect upon it and the importance of it in my life. Where and how should I place it?

A very light definition of how I am to finding fun and enjoy ability in context of this post.

What do I mean by fun? Are fun and enjoyable the same? For me when something is fun it falls into a goofing around category in which the cares of life I relinquish. Something the  enjoyable doesn’t quite peak the arousal scale quite as high as something that is fun but it’s a more steady state.

What does it mean to be happy? Is happiness a life lived of virtues? A life lived by principles that supersedes more primitive desires? Is it having fun and doing everything that I please? It almost seems like doing something fun would bring lasting happiness because one is always having fun. But for me this is not been the case. I am prone to panic attacks and because of this I am slightly more sensitive to my inner mental states. Usually after having too much fun I become upset with my behavior. On the other hand, the act of devoting to virtues, letting go of attachments, and living a more principle centered life leaves me more content inside. Life is less fun but more enjoyable. The downside to sacrifice is that I get bored. It’s almost paradoxical because I work on letting go of my attachments but I get bored. What am I still grasping at? What do still have attachment to?

How much balance should I have in my life? How much fun should I allow myself to have? Know thy self. It is a struggle for me because I know the importance of living a virtuous life on an individual, family, community and societal levels and the downfall of societies because of lack of virtues. I most certainly have noticed a huge shift in my behavior, my actions and my thought process which has shifted my perspective, or paradigm, about having fun and the enjoyability of life.

Where do I go from here? I guess nowhere really. I will continue on the path or the Journey of life. Hoping new insights and answers are revealed as I work and play with life.

4 thoughts on “The wedding 

  1. More great thoughts James!! I enjoy reading your writings. Definitely got me thinking this morning. I think I struggle with “fun”. As I developed my life there were 2 things that I desired most, stability and security. I avoided the fun, worried something would affect those things. I began to realize that those fun moments can enrich your life and make you even more fulfilled. As long as they are not at the expense of the life you built.

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  2. Boredom is often withdrawal pain from being over stimulated. Modern American culture is built around keeping you constantly stimulated because that’s where the money is and modern America is ALL about the money. Content people don’t spend enough trying to fill that void within because contentment fills it for free! If there where too many content people in the country the economy would collapse. So contentment goes against how you have been programmed. Keep up your spiritual practice and you will learn how to treasure your contentment and overcome boredom. Practice mindfulness and you will be able to find the right balance between contentment and fun.

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