Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Here and There

Doug wrote a fabulous post this week about the darker side of our dreams and aspirations. I'm fascinated by this tension between optimizing our current lifestyles and projecting ourselves into other possible futures. The process drives growth, but can also lead to a sense of restlessness or general dissatisfaction with our lives that precludes our enjoyment of the present. A quote from Doug's piece:
"In truth, there is no 'there'. We will not find happiness, fulfillment, and/or some sense of inner peace somewhere else. Those things are more likely discovered 'here', as we make present-day life more fabulous, or pursue today those things we dream of tomorrow. The answers people seek are most often discovered inside than out, more often realized in present-day experience than in some future place."

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