Your Sense of Life

In this workbook we are going to discuss Sense of Life.  Sense of life is a concept we will use to describe our mind and our awareness.  We will use Sense of Life as a concept to describe the continuous state we are in.  Russian author Ayn Rand formed the concept of Sense of Life.

She described how the sum of all our thoughts and emotions about life forms the sum of the state we are in.  This state is our Sense of Life.  For example, two people can look at the same portrait painting. One person may see nothing more than an accurate representation of a person, while another person may be moved to tears by the expression in the face of the portrait.

The difference may lie in the person’s Sense of Life.  Neither perception is “true.”  Both perceptions are based on previous experiences and how these experiences are integrated in one’s personality to evoke emotions. A person’s Sense of Life is different from his or her pure emotions.  Sense of Life is not an emotional evaluation of a person’s view of the world.

Sense of Life is not programmed by a single evaluation.  It is an integration of countless evaluations.  Over the course of one’s life, a person integrates emotions and value judgments related to all aspects of living.  Therefore, a person’s Sense of Life is the sum of these emotions and value judgments.

Your Sense of Life is your perception of the world.  It dictates the form of your internal dialogue; the ongoing conversation you have with yourself about the world.  Your Sense of Life is the basis for your self-esteem.

If your Sense of Life is that supernatural forces are controlling your life, then your self-esteem will suffer and you’ll feel that you lack control over your life.  For most people, their Sense of Life has been, and continues to be, formed from external influences.  It gradually shapes them without them having much control over the process.

Few people take control of their Sense of Life.  Taking control of your Sense of Life, influencing it with reason, and steering it in a positive constructive direction is the most important thing you can do to arrive at a happy and fulfilled life.  This is why we will work on Sense of Life and self-esteem in this workbook.  Before we can make a good decision about our life plan, we need to know that we have control over our Sense of Life.

“Thoughts lead on to purpose, purpose leads on to actions, actions form habits, habits decide character, and character fixes our destiny.”
– Tryon Edwards

“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”
– Unknown ”

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfilment.   Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, every one’s task is unique as his specific opportunity.”
– Viktor Frankl

“I have found no better expression than ‘religious’ for confidence in the rational nature of reality, insofar as it is accessible to human reason.  Whenever this feeling is absent, science degenerates into uninspired empiricism.”
– Albert Einstein

“Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.”
– Ayn Rand

Free Workbook: “what do you want to do with your life?”
Allowing Ourselves to Ask the Question

Table of Contents


I. Chapter One: Introduction to Life Planning


II. Chapter Two: Your Past



III. Chapter Three: The Influence Of Generations



IV. Chapter Four: Your Present



V. Chapter Five: Your Future



VI. Chapter Six: Your Alternatives



VII. Chapter Seven: Making The Decision

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