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A Lesson in Life Through YouTube – Alan Watts

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Margaret Schlachter

“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future, that he does not enjoy the present moment. As a result, he does not live in the present or the future, he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never truly lived.”

-The Dalai Lama

This morning a video popped up on my Facebook newsfeed, many times these videos are funny, entertaining, or a clip of my niece being cute. Every once in a while a video comes along and it strikes a cord. I have listened to this short three minute video of British Philosopher Allen Watts numerous times today, each time the message becomes richer and more meaningful to me.

I think for me this seems so meaningful as I seemed to find myself coming to this conclusion in the last year. I think what struck a cord most with me if when Mr. Watts talks about if you only follow the money you will find yourself doing something you don’t like or living a life because it was passed down to you.┬áIn the last year or so, it seems a lot of people at least around me are stepping off the chosen path for them and onto the road less traveled. Some call it stepping away from life, however and as a good friend put it today during a phone call it’s actually embracing life.

Today’s post isn’t much of a post more a chance to think and a chance for me to share something that hit me very strongly today. Take the time watch the video and really listen carefully, then if you are like me look around and see what you are really doing and what motivates you to do it.