Feeling philosophical lately

October 24, 2007

In order to do what really matters to you, you have to, first of all, know what really matters to you.”

— Dr. Edward Hallowell: Psychiatrist; founder of The Hallowell Center



  1. Well said.

  2. HI ACG ~ I found this in my in-box this morning and it made me go, Hmmm. I thought it might for someone else, too. Even if we *think* we’re on the right path, I believe there is value in questioning what we’re doing to make sure we’re on target and not off wandering in the woods somewhere. Always good to look down and check the GPS, you know?

  3. Makes sense to me. 🙂

    I like the GPS reference. Good one to remember!

  4. nicely said and very true. love your quotes… you always find good ones.

  5. It took a long time for me to know what really matters to me, and what really matters now is entirely different from what really mattered a decade ago — or maybe even yesterday. We are mutable organisms, we are. But, I know you know that. Or, as Leondard Cohen once said, “Let us compare mythologies.”

  6. What matters? Not always a simple thing to know.

    (Both the doing and the knowing can be a challenge.)

  7. Chani ~ Thanks! I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at my life and realized I was no where near where I wanted to be; but it took that looking to realize it!

    Hi Foo ~ Thank you. They seem to find me, I think.

    Ian ~ I couldn’t agree more. It’s ever-evolving, but I know there are themes that stay more constant than others: love, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And yes, we are all dreaming our own dreams, aren’t we?

    Beth ~ We fool ourselves on so many different levels it’s amazing that we make it through with the damage than there is – rather than the damage we create with our ignorance and choice to remain naive. Whoops. Maybe that’s just me. 😉 All that to say, YES!

  8. Sometimes the most obvious things are the hardest to figure out.

  9. Hi Pool ~ Something about forests and trees comes to mind with your comment. And the times when I’m looking for my sunglasses and they’re sitting on my head. 😉

  10. Ang, dear! I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up … and yet I’m growing up (though many of my friends would find that arguable). 🙂

    Maybe we’re always on the right path whether we “think” so or not. Maybe it’s impossible to ever be off our paths. My thinking always seems to get in the way of everything. But then again, my thinking getting in the way is supposed to be happening, right? Or maybe not? Geez, now I’m getting a headache. 🙂 (Is that supposed to be happening too?)

    By the way, am I the only person who thought of something completely different when Ian said “mutable organisms”? Blush, blush, blush. LOL!

  11. Hi Dan! That makes two of us! Whatever it is, I hope it involves people (at least for my part). Hey, maybe we could have a radio show together!

    I do love how you bring me back to center. I get too wound up in the moment sometimes (especially if those moments are hormonally charged) and lose sight of the way that I’m on and how it is really just okay, as is.

    Thank you for always gently steering me back, and thank you for the laugh about mutable organisms. xoxoxo

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