Thursday, June 27, 2019

Enjoyment Versus Achievement

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing."  -Dale Carnegie

If we measure success solely by achievement, we might find that we are constantly under pressure to meet demands that we place or others place on us.  When we achieve, we are happy for a short amount of time before we set another goal and thus our lives can feel like rat races; when we do not achieve, we may feel as if all of our efforts were for nothing and we then are therefore unhappy.   If we measure success by enjoyment however, then we decipher whether we are truly happy achieving our objectives.  Granted, some things that that we do are not meant to be fun but rather necessary and difficult in the short-term so that we enjoy life in the long-term.  In general, we must strive to enjoy our journeys along the way to reaching the destinations because it is this that will make for a life well-lived. 

So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.  And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, NLT). 

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