(WARNING: Major woo-woo, new-agey alert. Proceed with caution).
I am not a religious person. A while ago, when I was searching for spiritual answers, the closest religion I found that I came close to even tolerating was a religion called Thelema, which is sort of a cross between the Kabbalah, Yoga, and Dungeons and Dragons. I couldn’t make it work for me, but there were some basic premises that I could understand and later tried to integrate into my life, including its basic premise of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”, which I interpreted as meaning “Know who you are and then be who you are.”
Many years later, a manager. as well as a co-worker at work were raving about a book called Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. If one were to look at the cover only, it looks like little more than self-help book to encourage business people to be more effective at being business people, an idea which I find distasteful. But after reading the book I discovered it can be read equally be read as a spiritual guide, and, in fact, had lessons similar to those I had found during my spiritual quest several years earlier. For example, we have the second habit -
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
To accomplish Habit 2, it is recommended that one create a Mission Statement. Before you can get what you want, you have to know what you want. From that knowledge, the rest of one’s life and/or goals can fall into place. Without that knowledge, and one walks aimlessly. This point parallels one of the basic premises of Thelema: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
I know this sounds all woo-woo, and the spiritual aspect isn’t really the point of this post. However, I am a big fan of mission statements, or, in other words, knowing what the point of my life is supposed to be.
As an example, I offer you my own mission statement, written about a year ago.
My mission in life is to indulge myself into the world and encourage the best out of my life, my goals, my self, and the people around me. I seek to do this by –
- Giving to all people their respect and dignity.
- Committing to promises, and learning how to when to give my word and when not to.
- Encourage wisdom and education within myself through efficient reading, listening, and first hand experiences.
- Create environments of comfort for myself and those who are with me.
- Discover the joys of life available to me and my friends.
- And to do these things without fear, within my resources, and to the best of my abilities.
All of this is my way of saying that I am crafting a seperate mission statement for AccidentalHedonist.com, hoping that it provides some measure of guidance on what I want this site to be, not just for myself, but for all who participate here. I hope to have one posted here in a week’s time for you to comment upon. Stay tuned!