ZenView – Necessity

Mary Layton

I knew a wise man who always used to ask: “Is it necessary?” – I think this is a really good question that I can apply to anything I think or do all day long! It is amazing when you find out that a lot of what we think or worry about, do or buy isn’t really necessary. So much of what we do or say is out of habit. Often we don’t even have a clue why we do what we do. We live in challenging times to say the least, new developments of any kind are unfolding in all areas of our lives. Some of us had to make sacrifices in our routine activities, change jobs, figure out new livelihoods and budgets.

We had to adjust and learn to accept all kinds of losses.

Things have become more pressing. Most of us find ourselves busier than ever, trying to get our business taken care of in a timely fashion so that we can deal with the next thing that needs to be done. We may feel exhausted and irritable. There is a sense that everyone does what they deem to be the right approach to many of our current issues. The world has changed in front of our eyes very quickly. For many people it has brought hardship, for some great economic opportunity. Sometimes desperation can be a gift because it mobilizes us to venture out of our comfort zone and take a leap of faith. There’s growth in necessity. We may discover that we had used our talents in such insufficient ways before. Necessity brings us in touch with our talents and our true potential.

Doing something out of necessity does away with the things that are superfluous. We may find it necessary to be kinder and more nurturing to ourselves and others. It may be necessary to get some rest, or go for a walk in this lovely Fall weather. To cook something delicious. Listen to music. Feed our spirit with good things, like laughter and play, movement and fun.

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.