IDEAS FOR LIFE
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Offers five ideas worth considering and thinking about as we begin our journey into a new calendar year.
The first idea is to dream. Dreams are where we visit the many lands and landscapes of human possibility and discover the one where we feel at home.
The second idea is, follow your passion. People who follow their passion tend to lead blessed lives. Happy in what they do, they tend to spread happiness to those whose lives they touch.
The third idea is to hear the call. “Don’t ask what you want from life. Ask what life wants from you.” (Viktor Frankl) The great lives are ones where people heard a call, had a sense of vocation.
The fourth idea is to make space in your life for the things that matter, for family and friends, love and generosity, fun and joy. Without this, you will burn out in mid-career and wonder where your life went.
The fifth idea is work hard, the way an athlete or concert pianist or cutting-edge scientist works hard. The American psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, calls this the principle of “flow”. By this he means the peak experience you have when you are working so hard at a task that you are unaware of the passing of time.
Source: Adapted from Five Ideas for Life by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (rabbisacks.org)