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Zen Philosophy

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Via some random blog - I’m in agreement that this Zen philosophy captures how I feel about life:

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.
There was some point in my life, whether it was High School or College I’m not sure, that I determined that no matter what I do with my life and my career, I am going to enjoy what I am doing. If I don’t enjoy what I’m doing for a living, then it simply becomes a task that I have to get up in the morning to do. This is why I don’t mind sitting at home at night and configuring the PIX at work, or why I enjoy installing operating systems in my spare time. These are the things that give me pleasure, and thus, these are the things I will pursue in life as they make me happy. As a former co-worker once reflected on what I had taught him: “life is what you make of it”. In short, you have the ability (to some degree) to determine what you will do with your life. I tend to believe that we (humans) are here to enjoy life on this planet, and that’s what I plan to do with it.

Odd that the Zen quote matches my current quote of the day by Charles Swindoll:

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
Totally true…there are other quotations around this theory, but I’ll stop rambling and get back to hacking.