12
Jan
09

Selfish

Working on a project today I came to a realization. Plugging away on it, it began to feel like a burden, and quickly my emotional approach to it reflected that. But this task has a purpose, and one that I believe is important. The realization is that this response is motivated by selfishness.

burdenHow can it be a burden unless I feel that I have some better way to be using my time? If I was selfless in the task I would enjoy it merely for the end. For the joy yet to come. But instead my mind is on other things.

This is where the dangers of frivolity and games come in. The instant gratification trains us to want our joy now. It beomces hard to patiently persevere for something of purpose that leads to joy. We become trained not to experience joy from afar.

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