In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.

Robert A Heinlein


18 Comments CherryPie on Jan 30th 2011

18 Responses to “Cherie’s Place – Thought for the Week”

  1. Janice says:

    How true especially since we slaves to time as well.

  2. MTG says:

    In my opinion it would be more accurate to delete “In the absence of clearly-defined goals”.
    Personal experience taught me that most employers and businessmen have clearly defined goals yet they assume roles as contemporary slaves.

  3. Claude says:

    As always, your photo is so lovely. I often feel like sitting down and enjoying the view for a while.

  4. H. insciens says:

    However… we can also become enslaved by the demand and expectation that we should have goals, neglecting to consider that stopping chasing goals and just trying to enjoy what comes along may be a better option. I suppose “enjoy what comes along” is itself a goal, but not of the type that Heinlein was meaning, I think. Some people are driven mad and sad by the drive to “get on” and the inevitable disappointments and failures that brings for many.

    • CherryPie says:

      Some people are driven mad and sad by the drive to “get on”

      That is something I would always something I would advise people to avoid!

      As you said I think enjoying what comes along is far the better option. After all, life is for learning ;-)

  5. Ginnie says:

    It’s called the “tyranny of the urgent!” This is a delightful scene, Cherie.

  6. jameshigham says:

    Now I’m trying to fit the pic to the quote.

  7. jane says:

    I resemble that quote some days. (ha, ha)

  8. liz says:

    That’s a great photo and quote, cherrypie.