Thursday, November 20, 2008

Feel, Want and Ought

I woke up this morning not feeling like exercising, in fact I stayed in bed a bit longer. But in the end I went to get my swimming trunks. I don't like the cold water being showered on me before swimming, but I still did it. And I swam for 30 minutes.

I felt better after that. That I accomplished something.

There are:

Things that I feel like doing and things that I don't feel like doing.
Things that I want to do and things that I don't want to do.
Things that I ought to do and things that I ought not to do.

Things things are not mutually inclusive nor are they mutually exclusive.

Using set theory we have 8 different combinations.

1. Feel like it, want it, and ought to do it. (This is easy to do)
2. Feel like it, want it, and ought not to do it. (Sin normally falls into this category)
3. Feel like it, don't want it, and ought to do it. (Perhaps bitter medicine to be taken)
4. Feel like it, don't want it, and ought not to do it. (Bad habits that you know are wrong)
5. Don't feel like it, want it, and ought to do it. (Work or goals we want to achieve)
6. Don't feel like it, want it, and ought not to do it. (Sins like greed, perhaps may fall into this)
7. Don't feel like it, don't want it, and ought to do it. (Personal problems, defects in character)
8. Don't feel like it, don't want it, and ought not to do it. (Easy not to do this).

Looking at the above chart, assuming that our tasks fall evenly in all 8 categories. Only 1/4 things that we have to do and not do are easy to accomplish.

The other 3/4 of tasks in life are difficult either because we don't feel like it or it's become a habit or personal defect that is preventing us from growing.



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