The grass is always greener...

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    Oct 29, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    I've been paying a lot of attention to motivations of so many around me recently, friends, family, RJers, strangers, myself, EVERYONE.

    I have noticed that at a basic level we are driven by competition, influenced by the perception of greater society and how it views success or quality traits. We all want to climb the ladder laid out for us... With hopes that the top rung of the ladder gives us a great vantage point to look down on the world we once knew and struggled to be a part of. That at some point we will just be satisfied with where we are, who we are...

    As I see so many examples of how just about everything we do as people is for this one goal, I can't help but also see just how wrong it is... There is no top rung. I'm working very hard to climb slowly, up my OWN ladder, and take the time to enjoy every step...

    I admire people that can be truly satisfied in their own personal growth and acceptance. I have a feeling that's very rare, even within those we look up to. "Nobody see's you when the mirror talks." Everyone struggles.





    Meh. Just thought I'd write my mess of thoughts down for once. Why not?
    Didn't really proof-read this.

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    Oct 29, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    If there is no top rung, how can it be wrong?
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    unfounded7 saidIf there is no top rung, how can it be wrong?


    The idea that there is a top rung which gives fulfillment and clairvoyance is wrong, because the is no such rung. Or so I said, anyways
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    Perhaps there isn't fulfillment or clairvoyance, either.
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    you see where I'm going, then
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    Oct 29, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    It's possible. Do you ever think about the Is-ness?
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    Oct 29, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    It's really all we have... something between that(this) and eternity. So similar yet so opposite.


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    Oct 29, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    So, in a way, everyone is full of bullshit and no one is superior?

    I think that one can follow a linear pathway and still be satisfied with one's position. For example, my pathway was highschooler --> undergrad --> dental school --> new dentist.

    I know that I still have a ton to learn as a new dentist and that I'm pretty inexperienced. I know that given enough time I will have the ability to bust out a restoration or extract a tooth in a very short amount of time.

    However, at the moment, I am very satisfied where I'm at. I'm relatively young at 26 and have gotten my doctorate. I've personally grown quite a bit through dental school. My school and professors taught me very well. I'm in a profession that is very well suited for me and keeps me happy for the meantime.

    Sure, there is always something to learn, and techniques to perfect, more knowledge to be searched for, and so on. There are steps of the ladder that are ahead of me. But at the moment I recognize my achievements and am very happy to be here, and in the now, and don't necessarily wish to be a grizzled old dentist anytime soon. I don't have to be the most kickass dentist in the world, or make the most money, or develop a new technology - I just want to take care of my patients and do a good job. Racing up the ladder, as you said, is not the aim. It's the stepping on the rungs that is life.
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    Oct 29, 2011 6:43 AM GMT
    I guess if career success genuinely makes some people happy, than who am I to question it? Dancenaked. I wasn't focusing on careers only, though.


    Maybe subconsciously I'm just trying to rationalize my decision to go into the arts icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 29, 2011 6:47 AM GMT
    There's only one rung - - The one you're on.

    Make what you will of it, love it or hate it.
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    Oct 29, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidThere's only one rung - - The one you're on.

    Make what you will of it, love it or hate it.


    Isness.
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    Oct 29, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidThere's only one rung - - The one you're on.

    Make what you will of it, love it or hate it.


    very cierto Ariodante :-) .... i support this!