What Matters Most
If anything worthy came from the 9/11 tragedies six years ago, I think it is a nationwide awakening to pay attention to what really matters in life. After the smoke cleared, the bodies were counted and the healing began, we were left with this gift: pay attention, hug your loved ones, live well. We were left with a whole lot of fear and many questions, too, but I believe in focusing on what I can control.
It is up to each of us to chose, or reject, our own personal version of an authentic life. Find your version, your way of being, and you will be happy. Mine is to partner with Amy for a family-centered life, to maintain my individuality and time for pure fun and relaxation, and to contribute my share to the family's financial solvency through an interesting job. Although the pull of material acquisition affects me like most everyone else, I know I'm happiest when my center is balance and peace instead.
Equally shared parenting is, if nothing else, a purposeful type of life. To practice ESP, you have to fight against the tide of popular culture. To practice any type of life well led, this is probably true. The fight is worth every ounce of effort, because you are really fighting (in a good way) for your life. September 11th helps us remember....here's a blog entry by Penelope Trunk that brings this home.