What If Money Was No Object?

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Sometimes, very simple questions as the one above can be so powerful that they can inspire us to change our entire life.

The video below, containing wise words spoken by Alan Watts have certainly have inspired me to change many aspects of my life.

Partially thanks to this I was inspired a few years ago to leave a job, travel the world to build Earthships, participate in meditation & self-realization workshops, meet like-minded & like-hearted people who also were into self-sustainability & self realization. I picked up on the guitar, bought a native american flute,  started drumming again and now again its inspiring me to write articles and blog posts.

And I couldn’t be more happy and grateful for where this inspiration have taken me.

If video lights up your inspiration too you better act on it immediately, because my experience is that inspiration is like a burning matchstick, if you don’t act on while on fire, it goes out.

You can read the transcript below the video.

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What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?

Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say, well, “we’re getting out of college and we have the faintest idea what we want to do”. So I always ask the question, “what would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”

Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way. Or another person says well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses. I said you want to teach in a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?

When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much.

That’s everybody is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track.

See what we are doing, is we’re bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lives we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing, so it’s all retch, and no vomit it never gets there.

And so, therefore, it’s so important to consider this question: What do I desire?

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So, what do you most desire and want from your life ?

May this inspire you to follow up on your own dreams and highest excitement.

Life is too precious to ditch that which makes us itch.

– Mehdi Nodehi

3 Comments

  • James French says:

    I would be doing what I’m always planning for. Many of those dreams are just out of reach – maybe 3 years away, but I have to enjoy the journey – it is the journey, you know, not the destination. In the meantime, while I’m on the journey, I’ll practice kindness, generosity and compassion with those I come in contact with. That’s what it’s all about anyway.

    • Mehdi Nodehi says:

      Such wisdom James, it is about the journey and not the destination. Accepting and enjoying the present is very key I believe. Because after all; we are exactly where we need to be in order to learn and grow.

      May I ask what is stopping you from reaching for your dreams now, as opposed to in 3 years from now? Could it be Money ? If it is, then if you start saving money now (or pay of debt), then you already started to reach for those dreams haven’t you? Also, if expanding the mind; the possibilities are endless. Perhaps your dreams can be crowd-funded with others who share your dreams ?

      I’m in a similar situation myself and it is tricky. It seems to be a blade edge balance between the courage of pursuing your dreams NOW and the wisdom & patience of awaiting the perfect timing for it.

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