The Maintenance, Magical And Miserable Approaches

There are many ways to live life. The way that people choose behave can have consequences – both for themselves and other people.

Some people follow the maintenance approach. They do their best to maintain a certain standard of living or working.

Some people follow the magical approach. They do the maintenance and then aim to add the magic to people’s lives.

Some people follow the miserable approach. They behave in ways that may hurt people and create misery.

Different people express these themes in different ways. Let’s explore how they may translate these into action.

The Maintenance Approach

Some people devote lots of their energy to doing the maintenance. They keep doing certain things in order either: a) to get the basic materials for life or; b) to maintain certain standards in their work.

They recognise that maintenance is crucial in their daily lives. Getting the right foundations in place can help them and their loved ones to focus on other aspects of life.

Some people do work that involves helping others to feel safe and have the basic materials for life. They may also help people to have access to education, satisfying work and practical tools for shaping their future lives.

The Magical Approach

Some people do the maintenance and then add the magic. They may aim a) to do this in their own lives or work or; b) to do it in ways that help or enable other people to experience magic.

Some people do this in their daily lives. They aim keep doing the basics and then add the brilliance. They may also aim to create experiences that give people positive memories for life.

Some people do this in their work. They may do it when working as an artist, educator, coach or in another professional role. They aim to do work that takes people into another dimension and experience magic.

The Miserable Approach

Some people experience misery because there are mitigating factors. They may not have the opportunity to be given love, encouragement and the basic materials for life.

Some people follow the miserable approach for other reasons. They may focus on getting more power and, in the process, create collateral damage. They may also spread hate rather than hope.

Some people who have power keep moaning. Addicted to anger, they blame others people, create conflicts and scapegoat people who are different. They behave in ways the hurt others and create misery.

Let’s return to your own life and work. Looking ahead, can you think of a situation where you may want to follow elements of the maintenance or magical approaches? How can you do this in your own way?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to complete the following sentences.

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