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Mastery? Good idea. But what to master?

April 25th, 2009 No comments

masteryMastery by George Leonard is a good book. I recommend it to anyone, since it harmonizes well with the theme of this blog. It describes the best path to mastering just about anything, I suppose.

But one question came to mind the other day, as I set about the task of balancing the limited time available for activities that didn’t generate income. You know, work. And though mastery is a good thing, this was the question:

What to master?

We only have so much time on this world, a fact made tangible in our middle years. What is the best way to spend our time? To spend our lives? No small question. Shall we build on existing skills or start something new? What if we enjoy something, but we think we’re more likely to master something we’re already rather good at but don’t enjoy? When has something run its course? What about those around us, who need our involvement and attention?

Naturally, our responsibilities come first. But after that, what are worthy pursuits? What makes them worthy? Perhaps volunteering. Yes. After personal responsibilities comes volunteering.

After that, if we’re lucky enough to have free time, what then?

I suggest this for your consideration: activities that nourish mind, body and spirit. Not for their own sake, but to enrich our contribution to the outside world. To make us feel more comfortable in giving, whether it’s a donation, our time or a smile. That sounds rather worthy, no?

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