The Maintenance, Magical And Miserable Approaches

There are many ways to live life. Sometimes we have a wide choice regarding the attitude or approach we take. Sometimes our choices are more limited.

The following section explore three approaches that people may follow at various times in their lives. There are, of course, many other routes that people may pursue.

The Maintenance Approach

Some people spend much of their lives following the maintenance approach. They do the necessary tasks to get the basic materials for life for themselves and their loved ones.

They also aim to get the maintenance tasks done in their work. Getting these done provides the platform for moving on to doing work that is satisfying.

The Magical Approach

Some people follow the magical approach. They do the maintenance and then aim to add magic to their lives. They may do this by spending time with loved ones, doing stimulating activities or pursuing experiences that take them into another dimension.

Some may experience magic when counting their blessings, having a sense of wonder or doing certain activities. They may feel this when adventuring, tackling challenges or helping other people to have magical experiences.

The Miserable Approach

Some people experience the miserable approach. They may focus on darkness and not know how to provide a light for themselves or others. This can be challenging for themselves and other people.

Some may also aim to make life miserable for other people. They may do this by spreading fear or aiming to control others. Some may do it by causing pain or scapegoating other people.  

Some individuals who experience misery choose to replace it by acting to find solutions to challenges. Sometimes this calls for focusing on how to do the maintenance things and maybe even bring magic to their own or other people’s lives.

Let’s return to your own life and work. Looking ahead, how can you continue to do the maintenance things? How can you add the magic? When appropriate, how can you deal with any misery by helping yourself or other people?

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

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