Monday, December 23, 2013


From my Philosophical Approach to Life Archives - some musings I wrote around 6 months ago, once more, for you to ponder on:

Philosophical Musings


Dear Reader, tell me, what is your plane of living ?

No - dont get me wrong.

I am not asking you about your standard of living

I know you have a decent standard of living.

I am asking you about your plane of living.

Your “standard of living” depends of various material factors like how much money you earn and wealth you have, where you live, the possessions and comforts you have – your home, your car, the gadgets you possess, the number of servants in your house, the schools your kids go to, your clubs, your lifestyle, your consumption levels.

You know what I am talking about when I say “standard of living”.

However, standard of living alone will not guarantee you a good “quality of life”.

There is one more factor involved in determining your “quality of life”.

This factor is called: “plane of living”.

A good standard of living will give you physical comfort.

A high plane of living will give you intellectual, emotional and mental satisfaction

What is the meaning of QUALITY OF LIFE

Quality of Life” comprises two aspects:

1. Standard of Living

2. Plane of Living

In a nutshell:

“quality of life” = “standard of living” + “plane of living”

So remember - increasing your “standard of living” alone will not improve your “quality of life” - you need to enhance your “plane of living” too.

Many people may have the same “standard of living” but only those who live on a higher plane” truly understand and enjoy the “quality of life” 

I saw this in the Navy - all officers had the same “standard of living” but it was only a few who were enjoying a higher “quality of life” because they knew how to enhance their “plane of living”

It was also ironic that some officers who had been promoted to high rank had a lower “plane of living” than some passed-over officers who had mastered the art of living on a higher plane, and therefore were enjoying a better quality of life than the so-called successful officers.


What is “plane of living”?

How do enhance your “plane of living”?

How do you live on a higher plane”?

Think about it - close your eyes - reflect - figure it out for yourself.

Sure, I will discuss this soon in my blog.

Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - May you enjoy the best Quality of Life and a High Plane of Living in the New Year 2015.

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