The term ikigai generally refers to ‘that which makes life worth living’, and can be something very specific to your life. It can be a hobby, a person, or some other passion that drives and fuels you. (I wrote more about the concept here).
Recently I was reminded of a sister concept that is equally important – appreciating what is around us. Things might not be perfect, but the truth is we live in an amazing society during amazing times. If we don’t take time to stop and appreciate what’s around us it’s like we have nothing at all.
Comedian Louis CK recently went on the Conan O’ Brien show and talked about this very phenomena. But, like only a good comedian can, he puts it in such a way that it seems blatantly obvious and hilarious how we take our world for granted. Check it out:
(or click here to check it out on youtube)
That video is extremely funny and true. “How quickly the world owes him something he knew existed only 10 seconds ago.”
Even the smallest things in our lives are astounding if we stop and think about it. Clean water, fresh food, instant communication (like so)…the examples are endless.
As ikigai increases, appreciation for everything increases. As appreciation for everything increases, ikigai increases. They are connected and equally important.
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Hey everyone! I have some cool news to report.
The community here at ikigaiway.com has been really great, and I realized a little while ago that I should provide a better environment for commenting. My old style was functional, but it wasn’t anything special.
Looking around I found a great plugin called Disqus. I read about it, liked it, and installed it.
What a difference! The new disqus format is much sexier and usable – an overall enjoyable experience for all of us. Disqus promotes conversation and individuality and allows us to have more of an exchange, rather than just a string of comments.
Check out some of the new features:
Disqus is just as easy to use as my last commenting system, but allows for much more function. For casual commenters, you can just come in, fill out the name and email boxes and type in your comment. For other people who want to have more of a presence, you can create a picture and profile using Disqus’s super easy login system. It appears like this on my blog:
An email, username, and password is really all you need. After that you can go pick your own picture and set up your profile if you want.
Let’s Try it Out!
I’d like to try this new setup out, but I need your help (of course!) Please drop a comment on this blog post. Create a disqus user if you get a chance, but even if you don’t I appreciate your help.
Rather than just saying hi, allow me to provide everyone a question to respond to (or you can just say hi):
Let’s say you are in the dojo alone one night, getting in some evening practice. All of the sudden an intruder breaks in! He is wielding a baseball bat and looks angry. What weapon do you grab for? why?
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