Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Joys of a Full Plate

I have ever EVER so many things to take care of this week. A brief overview:

  • Sell the SUV
  • Attend our Objectivism study group for the first time in months
  • Watch my friend's kids for a while
  • Call a plumber about an issue at the cabin
  • Somehow get up to the cabin to meet the plumber peopleguy, coordinating with Brendan because we'll only have one car
  • Music Class
  • Follow up on our house insurance
  • Follow up on our car loan request
  • Balance the books for the cabin business
  • Finish collecting clothes for my friend's new baby girl due in March
  • Mourn for the Colts (who are sucking as of right now, probably because I am watching the game)
  • Close out our safe deposit box at one bank and move everything to the new bank
  • Buy a new car
  • Arrange for a UHaul for this weekend at the cabin because I want to move out all the stuff I don't want (seriously, I need some takers on the stuffed birds)
  • Figure out a budget for decorating the cabin
  • Pay bills
  • Respond to a zillion emails
  • Follow up on Morgan's head injury (as of 10 minutes ago, big goose egg over her eye, will be an ugly bruise for sure)
  • And of course, handle the myriad day-to-day issues with the Little Ones, from book-reading to diaper-changing, from spelling words to arbitrating disagreements, from locating tape (again with the tape) to drawing Hello Kitty yet again, from listening to their stories to answering their questions, from fixing meals to fixing ouches, from consoling their disappointments to cheering their accomplishments. (And those are just the things I can think of off the top of my head!)


It feels so nice to be busy with productive work. Each of these items from my to-do list will help further a specific goal for me and my family. Although I'm not sure how I can possibly get all of these things done, this will be an extremely fun, fulfilling week.

I feel the need to quote Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand here (pp. 299-300).

The activity of productive work (if approached rationally) incorporates into a man's daily routine the values and virtues of a proper existence. It thus establishes and maintains his spiritual base, the fundamentals that are the precondition of all other concerns: the right relationship to thought, to reality, to values. A man doing productive work is a man exercising his faculty of thought in the task of perceiving reality and achieving values.

1 comment:

Deep Thought said...

Well, you know what the Catholic Church teaches:

"For man, fathoming by his faculty of reason matters without number, linking the future with the present, and being master of his own acts, guides his ways under the eternal law and the power of God, whose providence governs all things. Wherefore, it is in his power to exercise his choice not only as to matters that regard his present welfare, but also about those which he deems may be for his advantage in time yet to come. Hence, man not only should possess the fruits of the earth, but also the very soil, inasmuch as from the produce of the earth he has to lay by provision for the future. Man's needs do not die out, but forever recur; although satisfied today, they demand fresh supplies for tomorrow. Nature accordingly must have given to man a source that is stable and remaining always with him, from which he might look to draw continual supplies. And this stable condition of things he finds solely in the earth and its fruits. There is no need to bring in the State. Man precedes the State, and possesses, prior to the formation of any State, the right of providing for the substance of his body."

"Now, when man thus turns the activity of his mind and the strength of his body toward procuring the fruits of nature, by such act he makes his own that portion of nature's field which he cultivates - that portion on which he leaves, as it were, the impress of his personality; and it cannot but be just that he should possess that portion as his very own, and have a right to hold it without any one being justified in violating that right."

Thus, Man has an innate right to private property and a right to the non-interference of the State in his business dealings (as long as he remains law-abising).