I had a reader email the other day and in her note she described me as a “fart in a windstorm” or “of no consequence.”
I thought about that for a second or three. Went through a range of emotions and then decided what she thought wasn’t my problem.
My problems are my own. Check out this wonderful website on Stoicism .
And remembering that led me down another few thought trails. One of those trails was a system described by Roger James Hamilton in a free ebook (Amazon link) Read the first section and I believe there’s a link in there to take the quiz to discover your own approach to the world.
My approach to life is a syncretic mix of discovery and new. If you’ve read the book, you’ll understand I have what he calls a “creative” approach to life. It’s not that I am a creative/writer, it’s that I look at the world as a playground and want to explore it.
If you’ve watched the movie UP, you’ll understand the concept of “Squirrel!” If not, here it is All somebody has to do with me is point me to something new, something bright and shiny, say “Squirrel!” and I’m off to play. In Hamilton’s terms, that’s a creative.
This happens to be a perfect attitude for a freelance writer. There’s very little I’m not interested in (at least for a short period of time.)
But to sum up, what any reader thinks of me isn’t my problem. In this case, she owns the delete and unsubscribe button and I trust she used both.
That’s all by way of saying you get to live your own life.
You get to take on your own challenges or avoid them. But at the end of the day, your life is a sum of your decisions and attitudes.
My life is full of personal challenges and lessons and this summarizes my current life attitude.
- At the moment, I’m doing one of Joel Runyon’s Impossible Challenges And I must tell you that water is cold!
- I’ve started writing in a new genre and am reading, researching and having way too much fun with it.
- I’m continuing researching Alzheimer’s and Fitness topics
- And that doesn’t include my normal reading objectives – there’s somewhere around 20 non-fiction books waiting my attention after two months of being on a restricted reading level due to some eye issues. (I’ve just ordered two new non-fiction books – one on current American politics and one on a history of the Ottoman empire.)
- Or the garden writing.
My attitude to life is that It’s to be learned. And there’s so much to learn – it’s like being a kid in a candy store.
It’s not to stick in one groove.
It’s not to live in a way to gain any reader’s approval.
In short, I’d do this stuff and write about it even if nobody read it.
That’s my attitude. And that’s my life.
So it doesn’t matter what that reader thought. It doesn’t matter whether she thinks what I do is inconsequential. What matters is what I think. What matters is what my attitude is and how I answer the important questions.
And that my friends is all any of us have in the end. How did you answer the important questions? What was your attitude?