Darn those goals! I was watching Bill Maher a while back and he had mentioned how childish it is for the US to claim it is the greatest country in the world. Maher compared that ideologue to having the best wife in the world: “Not just the one best suited for me, the best wife in the world. And if you could have my wife, you’d kill your wife.” Well there is really nothing wrong with those aspirations (all except for the killing the wife bit)– after all, who does not want to have or be the best or the greatest? But the catch-22 to these goals is that anyone or any country with that type of utter ambition requires hard work, commitment, and an earnest desire to practice and lead by example 24-7, 365 days a year. The most difficult part about achieving this type of greatness is retaining and maintaining that infinite honor. The minute we take a slight step off the yellow brick road of shining glory, we have lost our way … and more than likely, our intentions.
It’s tough being number one all the time. In truth, I do not believe it is even possible to sustain these absolutes. There often comes a time in our personal or professional lives that we fall from grace just to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get right back on the beaten path so that we can continue this never-ending journey we call life. That’s simply an inevitable fact. We cannot always be at the top all the time, nor can we always enjoy the happiness we so yearn each and every moment of our days and nights. Actually having total happiness and total greatness all the time would be boring and underappreciated. If greatness is all we have then what is left to accomplish? Think about it.
Okay, so what’s the point to all of this? In an economy that is driven by so-called capitalism, we have finally reaped what we have sewn from the me generation; and now the Mac-daddy reaper has come to collect on all the never-ending goals that we have probably literally killed and maimed for just to earn that next level, that next pay raise, that next piece of the pie, that next adventure… was it worth it all?
Let’s see… how often have you completed one project only to be told that after you have spent your blood, sweat and tears on it that, “Well that was really good, but next time… etc.”? Or, you have worked your entire life to pay off the mortgage and you suddenly discover that you have inherited a genetic terminal illness? Kind of reminds me of Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic” when she sings about the old man who just turned 98, won the lottery and died the next day… or something along that line, anyway. The point of the matter is that if we want to truly find bliss and peace in our lives, money will never buy it – that is guaranteed. Been there done that… and no – no matter how much you have or to what degree you have reached in life, there will always be the next high…the next grandiose journey you want or someone wants you to do for them. Greatness and wealth … as far as the “goals” sector goes, is that lost Garden of Eden…the quest for the Fountain of Youth. And no matter how much you achieve or how much you acquire in life, the grim reaper will still knock on your door because the one absolute that does exist in life is death.
Darn goals! So when I say that, I mean exactly what I mean to say “darn” goals…as in “mend” goals. Do what you can with what you have as you stitch your pathway; live life one day at a time, and don’t kill yourself trying to please everyone all the time. That will bring you nothing but misery and will ultimately help you plant one foot deeper in the grave. Leave greatness to the gods or your Higher source and the rest will fall in place. Food for thought…do not get caught up in the infinite road of goals when you have all that you need right affront of you.
Goals, goals and more goals! Argh!
by CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd – Social Media, Philosophy and More!
Seasoned Social Media Specialist, Professional Blogger,
Ghost Writer, Freelance Journalist & Web Consultant