Life is all about change. It's pretty obvious to most of us that the corollary states that if you stop changing, you are dead. Having said that it makes the job of describing my beliefs difficult. After all, in a year I may see things very differently. When I look back at the things I have believed it is clear that many have withered away, seemingly to make room for the growth of new ideas.
Perhaps this should discourage me from trying to form a personal philosophy but I can't be convinced that the alternative is very attractive. How could I face each day without knowing what I value and what I repudiate, both within myself and in the world at large.
Can you see, as I do, that one of the most permanent beliefs we should all share is the need to believe in something? I'm not necessarily talking about some form of divine being or any class of afterlife. What I'm trying to describe is how essential it is to believe in one's self. A wise person once suggested, "Work so hard at improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others." This comes close to capturing my approach to life. It's just a pity it sounds so serious.
Take a look at the people that you admire. Isn't it true to say that they clearly understand who they are and what they stand for? Success doesn't always equate to admiration, at least in my experience. I take great delight in a friend from my university days whose only notable achievement is to have a loving marriage and be raising three wonderful children. A past workmate of mine who was very successful and set to become even more so, made my list when she...