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Personal development: The day-tight compartment paradox September 30, 2018

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development.
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Sooner or later in our lives we will all likely come to the logical and stark realization that we no longer have time to realize all that we wanted to in life; we can’t do all the creative work we dreamed of doing; can’t read all the books we would like to; listen to all the music we would like to – we see the stop-sign.

For many of us, this can be an unpleasant discovery and a body-blow to our emotional, future-focused optimism.

All those things we have been postponing doing for future action are not going to get done.

But for those people who have, throughout their lives, practiced living life in day-tight compartments, the time limits on their lives does not present itself as a new revelation, and therefore not a shock.

By living one day at a time and getting the maximum they can out of every day, they have not exchanged a full life now for possible future enjoyment.

A paradoxical adjunct to the concept of benefiting from delayed gratification.

Dennis Mellersh


1. Let's Talk About: Personal Development - November 8, 2018

My blog focuses on maximizing your potential in all areas of your life. I found this interesting because it is absolutely true that we can’t be everything and do everything that we may want to do. We have to make decisions and really think about what it is we want to be doing with our time. Thank you for ideas. – Letstalkaboutpersonaldevelopment.blog

Dennis Mellersh - November 9, 2018

I guess it is hard to make decisions about what we really want to do because it is difficult to prioritize potential and possible future outcomes.
In my own case I often followed my “preferences of the moment”, and, although being eclectic has an upside, I sometimes wonder if I would have been better off, in some cases, to have focussed on a lesser number of pursuits. As you note, however, it is important to do the work of figuring out what we really want to spend most of our time doing, and then make the required decisions…Thanks for your comment.

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