“Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.” ~Bill Murray
Secret confession time: I adore Bill Murray. Have since the 70s. From what I see from his public persona and his acting, he’s living life the right way. And this quote tells me he “gets it”.
One of the saddest parts of my job is watching students sit in class, totally disengaged with what is happening around them. I never understand how they can stand to waste time like that. They get up, schlep in to school and are there in body, but then they mentally check out. Why? Nothing good can come of this.
I agree with Murray that there is an obligation to be fully engaged in life. We were put here for a reason, and that reason is not to take up space.
Engage! Participate! Be really “there, wherever that there is at the time.
This is one of the secrets not only of professional success, but of a good quality of life, as well. Of course, I don’t measure quality of life in monetary terms, but in satisfaction and joy. Being engaged adds immeasurably to both.