So, Albert Camus's inspirational quote, to me anyway, gets to the heart of why I work for myself: so that I am more able to enjoy the time I spend at work.
I believe that too many people put too little value on what makes them really happy, and sacrifice this to the lure of big bucks or 'job status' or even the trappings of earning lots of money.
Job satisfaction is NOT about simply working for yourself, obviously - any job can be a great job! - but it *is* about enjoying your work!
As for Aristotle, I think he makes a really valid point about the importance of continued learning.
Continued growing is what I call it.
And, of course, life brings these opportunities naturally via becoming a parent, say, where the lessons don't come from a book.
There is always something more to learn, to understand, there really is. And when you learn more, you understand more, you develop new skills, you grow and experience the fuller potential of life...
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As for the anonymous smoker, and their thoughts on quitting smoking, they seem spoken like a person that truly understands the power of addiction, and the lack of self-love that can often be the cause of it in the first place.
It's hard to change any habitual behaviour.
Whether we are addicted to smoking, or drugs or drink or even drama - the drama in our life that we despise so much, but that we still cannot let go of.
Love yourself. Does that help? Love somebody else, then?
You - can - change - these - habits.
And so - can - I!
That's what I say, anyway, about making new year's resolutions, about new year inspirational quotes. How about you?
What new year resolutions are you going to make? What inspirational quotes are you going to use to encourage you to stick to them?
Yep, as ever, I'd love to hear your wisdom, your thoughts! :-)