THOUGHTS ON THE GIVE AND TAKE OF LIFE

In this crazy world, we often forget that it is long-term dedicated commitment to our loved ones as well as to our chosen profession that dictates our capacity to eventual draw some semblance of genuine fulfillment from the experiences they provide. It seems to me that I increasingly meet people whose initial motivation is what they think they can obtain from relationships and/or their chosen activity. Most of the time this attitude is linked either to strictly monetary interests or has something to do with how they want people to perceive them. Is there the potential for genuine satisfaction in such an attitude? Perhaps, it could very well be that I am simply an old dreamer with a strong tendency for cynicism. I hope it is only the former, because the latter often seems to gain terrain as we age in spite of our best efforts. As Pete Townsend once wrote in a song…I hope I die before I get old.