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January 16, 2009

The Wanting Mind

What is it that drives us to want more than what we have in the here and now? Maybe you don't have this problem, but I certainly do. It's what led me to leave a bountiful massage practice and hundreds of great people in order to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. And so here I am mired neck deep in books, obligations and stress for three full years in order to gain what? Status? Not exactly, because, despite this blog, which allows me to air out my mind, I really don't like to be in the spotlight.

Experience Life magazine (I love this magazine) has an insightful article about the Wanting Mind.

If you ask yourself why you want a new car, for example, you might discover you’re hoping it will help impress your coworkers. This realization may in turn reveal a longing you feel to enjoy more confidence in your job performance. And underneath that may lie a still deeper desire to improve your job mastery and sense of professional achievement. This understanding may lead you to consider a variety of changes that bring a level of satisfaction that no new car could ever touch.

Ah, and there is the crux of the matter. My desire is to be the best at what I do and also to be a part of something bigger than myself. What is heartening about my choice to pursue PT school is that I knew I wanted to do more for people, and that has me on the right track.

Our heartfelt goals are marked by three characteristics, he says: They’re beneficial to others, we’re willing to work and wait for them, and they are things we feel that we have to do before we die.


Posted by linda at January 16, 2009 10:34 AM

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