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What Would You Do if Money was No Object?

Here: three minutes very well spent, I assure you:

(Thank you to Tomo for sending me this)

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  1. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this Alastair.

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  2. Profound stuff on a Wednesday Lunchtime! Scary to confront!

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  3. Inverted Sheep Posted

    Love it, thanks for sharing

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  4. Jim Hardy Posted

    This quote springs to mind…

    “I am the teacher of athletes;
    He that by me spreads a wider breast than my own, proves the width of my own;
    He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.”

    – Walt Whitman

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  5. I saw that video a while back, and finished watching it with mixed emotions. It made me wonder about what I was doing, and if it really was what I wanted to do. But then I wondered whether that philosophy is as simple as it sounds. That is, if every person on earth adopted that philosophy, would anything get done? Would there be plumbers? Would public toilets get cleaned?

    But then perhaps there are people who would much rather be solving problems such as sewerage systems etc (because they love solving practical, worthwhile problems) but aren’t doing so just because they figure they can get more money sitting in a dull office designing the next generation of heated toilet seats…

    In any case, the lasting thought from that video was “is it really that simple?” I do want it to be…

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    • Well put. It’s not that simple!

      I often wonder how to juggle my selfish dreams and the want for adventure with also having a family and a mortgage etc, etc. I want to travel to Tibet and Peru and follow plenty of my dreams but my wife would not be quite so understanding (or my bank manager). Where is the middle ground between having a family and a job and a house and still pursuing your dreams, dreams that you still have in your 40′s just as much if not more so than in your 20′s.

      We can’t all just do what we want to do, it’s not that simple. Simple in philosophy but much harder in practice! My compromise and outlet has been microadventures! I get to live my dream all-be-it for a short amount of time. I also still get to keep my job and my house and my relationship together upon return.

      Not exactly dropping out of conformity and doing as I please is it! But I understand the basic premise of what Alan Watts is conveying it’s just not that simple

      I may want to do what I love, but that may well not work in my or many other peoples cases.

      Am I totally wrong and way off the mark here? Love to hear any comments.

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  6. After watching this, I conclude that it’s very possible that I need to come up with some new dreams. Fortunately, I’m still a dreamer.

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  7. Tim Davies Posted

    Al, very interesting video. If I quit my job tomorrow you’ll have to explain to Buffy why!

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  8. Thank you Alastair. In it’s only fitting that I return the favour of you posting this with a favourite video;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeqrN3Bfro8&feature=my_liked_videos&list=LLm-WgT03yi9n9Uem-EpNdIQ

    A great lesson on being good to others.

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