When I see a statement like this, I immediately ask
myself, "Do I have such a guiding
principle?" Because I usually don't think of
such things--I just keep on keeping on, doing my
thing--whatever that happens to be on any given day.
Most of us are content with having to use the bathroom as
our reason to get up in the morning, or having to be at
work or school. But doesn't there have to be more to
it than that? Is the threat of losing our jobs
enough to actually get us up in the morning, ready to face
a new day?
I'm not sure that it is. I think that what Judith
would argue is that if your only reason for getting up is
to use the bathroom or to get to work on time so you don't
get fired, then you really aren't making the most of your
life. You really haven't figured out what your
purpose here is, what you're doing on this wonderful
planet that offers us so many opportunities. Perhaps
it's time that we all adopt what we would call a guiding
principle, something that would give us direction each day
of our lives. My main guiding principle is service,
and I'm fortunate enough to be in a line of work that I
love--teaching--that also allows me to serve others.
Sometimes, though, we find that it's difficult to get up
and at 'em, to move into our day with vigor in our step
and enthusiasm in our eyes. Even with a guiding
principle, some days just are flat. On those days,
though, having that principle can get us through because
we know that we have a purpose, and it should be important
to us to fulfill that purpose, for the sake of the other
people who benefit from our actions.
Judith makes a good point when she suggests that we have a
guiding principle to give us a reason to get up and start
each day as it comes. It's up to us to define that
principle, though, and once we do we'll find that our
lives brighten from the early hours of each morning until
the late hours of each evening, and the fulfillment that
we experience will be worth the time it takes to work out
in our own minds and hearts just what that principle is.