It seems to me that one of the greatest challenges most of us have is the temptation of dissipation. That is, the natural tendency so many of us have to allow our time, energy, and other resources to be simply lost because we don't really have a consistent focus.
As I mentioned yesterday, this was clear to me this year in the recreational pursuit of skiing, however I don't think it's limited to physical activities. In fact, I would argue that the value of focus in those activities (sports and recreation) is simply more visible evidence of a universal truth: having a target generates focus, and the focus provides concentrated effort that leads us as close to the target as we can get.
How many of us really have a target for our lives? How many of us really know where we plan to go and where we really would like our focus to be?
The way that I like to say this is, "Why should I bother to get out of bed in the morning?"
Without that sure knowledge, we will invariably decay to a state of existence that is little more than waiting to die. Sure, that's a strong statement, but if we don't have a purpose; a reason;a focus for life, then all of life becomes a series of events--fortunate and unfortunate--over which we exert little control. It is no wonder, then, that so many lives are spent before they result in much that brings us joy, delight, and a sense of accomplishment.
For what are you living? Where are you going?