What Actually Matters?

Feather image by Dr. Partha Sarathi Sahana

I have to ask myself this question regularly. There are so many inputs we get every day. Social media, TV and movies, the news, our friends, email newsletters, browsing the internet, billboards, mailed flyers, and many more.

It overwhelms me. I take it all in, and then I shut it all out. Over and over again.

There’s too much for each person to comprehend, much less embrace into life.

So, what really matters?

The answer to this question is different for each of us. For instance, I care about animals’ well-being, but they don’t really turn my brain on in that fun, excited way (except puppies). So I’ll do my best to do no harm where animals are concerned. I’ll look for food sources that treat their animals humanely, and I’ll lower my intake of animal products. But I’ll leave the advocating to those who are really passionate about it.

What really matters to me? What am I passionate about?

  • Compassion and respect (including leaving room for others’ experience to differ from my own)
  • Human equality
  • Environmental protection (hey, animals can join this group too!)
  • Lifelong learning
  • Creativity
  • Travel

In some way or another, all of these intersect with each other. What’s cool about that is that I have the ability to make all of them functioning passions. What’s better about that is that I’ve defined them, and know what I’m working toward. How can you start without knowing where you’re going? Even knowing the general direction of where you’re going is a start to something.

Without that, you’re just that feather in the intro of Forrest Gump that has no say in where it lands or stays. Who wants to hire/work with/befriend/date/[insert your situation here] that feather? Probably no one.

Every successful project starts with a strategy. Every successful strategy starts with an objective. So, what is it for you?

Photo by Dr. Partha Sarathi Sahana