Auf das Leben!

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

Some Thoughts on Sabbatical Year

Recently I’ve been reading a book called Der Weg zur finanziellen Freiheit Ihre erste Million in 7 Jahren by Bodo Schäfer. In this book, he explained a concept Sabbatical Year which is quite interesting.

Sabbatical is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year.

Bodo made a assumption which got me thinking: What would you do if you have the whole year off and enough money to pay for all your bills in the next five years? He described his situation in the book. He did not do much in the first few weeks. Afterwards he went on travel and attending seminars. He learned to meditate, had time to read books irrelevant to his career path. Finally, he got to listen to his heart. He wanted to make plans for the future, but yet he couldn’t find the answer.

Questions started to come along with this new thought. All in all, it seems that all the questions became two obvious ones:

  • Who am I?
  • Why am I here?

Sounds like the ultimate questions for human kind, right? The interesting part is when he started writing. After 11 days of intensive writing, he saw the answers vividly to these two questions. I think this means he found the ultimate goal for his life. Although I am really interested in knowing what it is.

The point he’s trying to make is to address the significance of financial freedom to finding ultimate meaning for life. The prerequisite for this is you have the knowhow and the eagerness to improve, otherwise you may become the void.

Two perspectives from my side after getting to know his stoty:

  1. Financial freedom is crucial to finding ultimate meaning for life
  2. Writing is a good way to know yourself, so do not give up on it