Our baby plays a game in his car seat that he finds extremely funny.
He will take a ball or his pacifier, juggle it in his little chubby hands – and then throw it overboard. Then he cries.
At this point, he has trained us to return the item so he can once again juggle it in his chubby little hands and then toss it overboard.
And of course we continue to oblige.
Naturally, because he is a baby I give him a lot of latitude.
Though there are sometimes when I say to him, “why do you keep doing that?”
Of course I have turned this question on myself.
Because I have noticed that there have been times when I have had something in my grasp that I really wanted and really enjoyed and then for some reason threw it overboard.
Either by simple neglect or by not developing an opportunity or even (many years ago) deliberately sabotaging myself so I would lose the thing that I actually wanted.
Now I’m not a baby and neither are you.
While this may be a fascinating factoid of human behavior, focusing on your self-interest is enough to retrain your mind to cherish the things you love.
To make sure you hold onto them, get as much enjoyment as possible from them and continue to grow in your appreciation of what you have.
The hidden philosophy helps you do this because you begin by focusing on your own survival.
With this firmly entrenched in your mind you know that you want to obtain and maintain possession of every good thing.
You understand that no one is around to help you pick up the pieces that you managed to scramble.
You know that you are worth every good thing that you desire and obtain.
You understand the responsibility that comes with first obtaining your good and then holding onto it.
And the sense of responsibility automatically guides you into taking the right actions for maintaining your good things.
Only babies and those not schooled in the hidden philosophy expect others to help them when they mess up their own good.
And again, it is simple to practice the hidden philosophy – which teaches that your first obligation is to yourself – and this means enjoying what you have, understanding that you deserve it and taking responsibility and action for maintaining it.
In other words, cherish every good thing – and that begins with your own self!
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