Socrates, Plato, and Puppies
When you think about the great philosophers, who comes to mind?
Aristotle, Socrates, Epicurus, Confucius, Contrera???
Wait a minute, hold the phone, stop the presses, kill the power!!!!
Contrera??? What impact did he have on the world?
While the likes of Socrates and Plato may have changed the way we view the world, it is our personal philosophy that determines how happy we are in our current world.
Why? Because your personal philosophy is simply the culmination of your beliefs. What you believe about money, relationships, education, government, success, love, etc. determines the actions you take and therefore the results that you get. If you aren’t getting the results you want in your life … chances are you’re probably not all that happy.
What you choose to believe today, in this moment, has a far greater impact on your life than than what Socrates may have said 2,480 years ago.
So what is your personal philosophy? What choices are you making in your life?
Below are 3 situations and 3 possible reactions that may help you to gain some clarity on your own personal philosophy:
1. When someone you love makes a mistake do you: A) Get angry and tell them to get there act together. B) Say “don’t worry about it, we all make mistakes.” C) Say “don’t worry about it, everyone makes mistakes” and then spend the next hour lecturing them on how they could avoid making mistakes in the future?
2. If someone shares bad news about a person that you really don’t like do you: A) Think to yourself … good they deserve what they get. B) Think to yourself even though you are not fond of them you still hope they are okay. C) Think to yourself better them than me!
3. When your driving and someone cuts you off do you: A) Slam on the horn and yell an obscenity. B) Smile and let it go. C) Yell, smile and give them the finger as you pass them.
If you answered B to all of the questions than chances are you have a healthy personal philosophy and are reasonably happy. If you answered everything but B to all 3 questions you might ask yourself … how’s that working for you? Are you truly happy?
Sometimes happiness comes down to having a personal philosophy that is based on enjoying the simple things in life and letting go of all the things that create frustration, angst, and that you don’t control .
Maybe the great philosopher Charles Schultz (the creator of Charlie Brown) was right when he said …
“Happiness is a warm puppy!”
I guess if you can’t lick ’em … might as well join ’em!