A life not examined is a life not worth living. " One has to question the why of his existence. What is that gets him up. What is that is most important.
To me, its leaving a better world, not just for my own offspring but to build a better society around them. One shouldn't focus on just building a fortress of pleasure and freedom,for his next of kin but build a better sustainable and peaceful society for his next 1000 generations..
In other words, just as one prepares one's home for a newcoming baby by renovating the apartment, getting that paint job done, cleaning out the garbage, fixing the lights, one should focus on transferring this behavior to the whole world. Your child will not live, work,play and die in your home, but will be involved in the whole society. Thus just like your home, renovate the world, make it more sustainable and fair to others. Make it more peaceful. Just as a parent goes to extent of understanding the working a lightbulb, structural mechanics of the house to even understanding family economics to keep his family above dark waters, one should have the same motivation towards life. A parent's passion becomes to learn and improve just his apartment, and preaching compassion on his children becomes his new career.
It is compassion that matters the most, it is what decides one's self worth. It's the only career, there is nothing else to work for. A compassionate person, can learn the skills of a doctor, lawyer, engineer, artist or a cashier. One shouldn't limit him/herself to just one skillset. One should not satisfy himself with ignorance. Learning is the ultimate passion.
When one realizes this, life doesn't feel like he or she is in a rat race.
In order for mindfulness to be genuine, it has to be connected to others, to the community, to the larger environment.
On the other hand, a parent's compassion towards their child could also be seen as self-interested altruism
we should make it our goal to expand our circle of compassion.
I'm a thinker, dreamer, doer and a strong follower of stoicism. I have a passion to learn and apply that to make the world a better place.