Friday, July 23, 2010

Leo Tolstoy's Three Questions

Every once in a while we find it helpful to remember Leo Tolstoy's Three Questions. It's a great story that explores what's truly important in life. Because of it's simple depth, the main point deserves to be soaked in more than rushed through. It can be summarized by quoting the three questions and some of the answers to those questions. Here is a summary, in case you, too, would like to meditate on it:
What is the best time to do each thing?
Who are the most important people to work with?
What is the most important thing to do at all times?

Remember that there is only one important time and it's now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person with whom you are, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future. The most important pursuit is making that person, the one standing at you side, happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life.

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