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Gabe Ozoani

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If money was out of the equation, what would you spend the rest of your life doing?

Would you do the job you are currently doing for free? (Assuming the need for money did not exist?)

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    Feb 7 2013: Kind of funny, because the way of life that interests me the most is self-sufficiency, where you grow your own food, build your own house, etc. Technically living this way you wouldn't use money.
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      Feb 8 2013: I like this kind of life style too Greg. When we are a little more self-sufficient, we are busy with the tasks of everyday living. My friends and I do a lot of bartering. In the summer, I'm busy in the gardens, growing food, and in the winter, busy hauling, stacking wood for the wood burning stoves, which need to be kept stoked......while I'm making much of my own food from garden veggies that were frozen. It gives me pleasure to not always be dependant on money for sustenance. Right now, I'm taking care of my neighbor's house and cat while they are traveling. He (age 82) supplies me with an abundance of wood for the stoves:>)
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        Feb 8 2013: I am out of thumbs up for you, but this is a beautiful image.
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          Feb 8 2013: It is a beautiful life Fritzie.....challenges and all!

          Did you notice my response to one of your comments in this other discussion? It was so far removed from your comment, I thought you might not catch it.

          http://www.ted.com/conversations/16056/can_money_buy_happiness_2.html?c=600061

          I feel that it is connected to this discussion. Well......I see EVERYTHING as connected...LOL. I'm having fun today making roasted garlic bread, keeping the fires burning, and watching the beautiful snow fall:>)
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        Feb 8 2013: You know, Colleen, I may idealize this lifestyle, when you actually describe it it sounds like a lot of work. Do you just drop into bed at the end of the day? Or maybe it's exhilirating?
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          Feb 8 2013: Hi Greg,
          It is work/play...all a matter of perception and preference.....I LOVE it, and it's both exhilarating and exhausting:>)

          I don't have to pay to go to a gym for exercise....in fact, for errands around town I bike or walk whenever possible. I also take time to bike/hike/ kayak in summer and ski in winter with my buddies. I don't have any trouble at all sleeping!!! LOL!

          My life is simple and enjoyable, I don't have or need much money, I DO have a LOT of happiness/contentment. So, for me, it's a win/win/win work/play:>)
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        Feb 8 2013: I had missed your reply. I didn't mean the feeling you highlight is hard to come by. I meant that for some people it seems contradictory to live with a positive sense of ones life while also dealing with the struggles and challenges we may confront or to which we may be commited with great energy.
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          Feb 8 2013: I agree Fritzie,
          That's why I don't "struggle"....challenged....yes......struggle.....no.

          I know it seems like a silly little usage of words, and I am aware that with our words, we program our mind. Change the words we use, we change our thinking, which may change our perceptions and feelings, which may change the life adventure for us...or not...it's a choice:>)

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