August 13, 2012 09:05
Every day, we all get up and do our thing – go to jobs, school, work out, raise kids and/or pets, exercise or not, eat, sleep and then do it again the next day. While we are going about the day-to-day we may not consciously realize it, but we probably have some kind of basic philosophy that guides us. It can be more recognizable in some circumstances than others, when we have major decisions or choices to make, but it is usually there, an undercurrent that helps carry us on the stream of life. I know when I was younger, I didn´t think about it that much. When I did, I tended to get a little wrapped around the axle, trying to determine what were all the possible ramifications of every possible course of action in a certain scenario. I often lost track of the big picture when trying to figure out every permutation for every situation.
Over the years, I have tried to simplify many things. Life is complex enough without adding to the extraneous noise that can sometimes overwhelm you. It took a while, but I did find out that the more I faced different situations, the more I got the best results from a common mindset: try to do what is best for everyone involved. Trying to see situations from different perspectives is one key to this. It´s easy to see what we want or what works best for us, but truly seeing someone else´s point of view and really attempting to weigh the alternatives fairly is the only way to arrive at a decision that is best for all. It may not be 100% positive for everyone, but it will hopefully keep things balanced and prevent resentments and bad feelings. It is not always easy, and it does not mean we will always get a result that will make everyone involved completely happy, but in the long run, it will help create a harmonious and positive environment where we can all thrive.