Monday, September 22, 2008

How Bad Do You really Want anything?

Saw the following item on an –email: There's a story about Socrates in which a proud young man supposedly asked, "Oh great Socrates, I came to you for knowledge." Socrates led him down to the sea into waist-deep water. "Tell me again what you want," he said. "Knowledge." Socrates pushed him down under the water, holding him there for 30 seconds. "Now, what do you want?" The young man spluttered, "Wisdom, oh great Socrates." Again the philosopher pushed him under. When he let him up again he asked, "What do you want?" "Knowledge, oh wise and." he managed to spit out before Socrates held him under again, this time even longer. "What do you want?" repeated Socrates. The younger man coughed and gasped. "Air!" he shouted, "I want air!" Socrates replied, "When you want knowledge as much as you want air, you'll get knowledge." Then the old man returned to the shore. Bottom line: be passionate!”
Which leads me to ask, just how passionate are we about most things in our lives? Oh sure, we all want various things, but often only if given to us on a platter, so to speak, but if we find that we have to put ourselves out somewhat to get it, we often loose enthusiasm don’t we? So again, just how passionate are you about the things you desire? And what are you doing to bring them about?

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