par·a·dox
[par-uh-doks]

noun
1. a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

"Life is too important to be taken seriously."
~ Oscar Wilde

This is one of my favorite paradoxes. Two seemingly opposite statements (important? but not serious?) which in fact, are both valid in their own right. I love this one because it snaps you back to reality. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the “business”, “busy-ness”, of the day and to feel as if that is the purpose, the most important thing you’re doing. It is not. For example, when going on an outing we adults tend to think about all the to-do’s involved with that outing to the exclusion of the pure wonder and excitement of the outing itself. Where will we park? How’s traffic? How long will the drive be? Meanwhile in the back seat little heads are full of wonder at the adventure to come. Are we missing the point?

For me nowhere challenges me to keep this paradox in mind more than work. We enjoy our work, we work hard, take it seriously, but at the end of the day for most of us this is a job that does not save lives and keeps us away from our families and our ‘art’ most of the waking hours of our lives.

Perspective. This is important, but not serious. Life, family, health, having fun, doing the things you dream about are too important.

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