生き甲斐 – Ikigai (eye-ka-guy)

Mitch Schneider
August 29, 2021

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time speaking and writing about alignment. As a ‘car guy,’ that’s understandable I guess.

Bad things happen when your vehicle is out of alignment. The sensation is uncomfortable. And too many times, the physical reality of misalignment can be dangerous. Forces beyond your control are constantly trying to lead you off course with the vehicle pulling violently to one side or the other.

A vehicle that is out of alignment can get wobbly or shake violently, leaving you struggling for control.

Realistically, the same principles can apply to life and living. You can experience a pervasive sense of insecurity when elements of your life are out of alignment. The answer — the only remedy I know of — is balance. Balance, and the realignment of action, principles, and values with your current reality. That’s why this week’s Seven Good Things—A Weekly List of Positivity and Creativity link to an article on Ikigai resonated with me so.

Seven Good Things is an eclectic combination of art, music, poetry, philosophy, and so much more, curated and created by my good friend and editor of Misfire, Fredrick Haugen. It is published weekly and this week’s issue included an explanation of Ikigai with several links to different articles on this incredibly powerful concept.

Your Reason for Being

I’ve been aware of Ikigai for years. Decades, really. It is the intersection of what you love. What you are good at. What the world needs. And what you can get paid for. Where those four circles converge is where your sense of purpose can be found. It is where you go to tap into the creative river of Flow. Where time stands still and your best work bubbles to the surface.

I can’t explain Ikigai in 300 words any more than Fredrick was able to in this week’s 7GT. But I can point you in the right direction. I can set you on a more comfortable path. The road to balance, alignment, and a smoother ride!



6 Comments
  1. Lalia Zakrzewski
    August 29, 2021

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and tremendous insight into our car world - it’s always a great road trip- Lalia @ Kittle’s Garage NLR AR.

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    • Mitch Schneider
      September 9, 2021

      What makes any trip special are those who have made the choice to accompany you! Thanks for hangin' out!

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  2. Lalia Zakrzewski
    August 29, 2021

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and tremendous insight into our car world - it’s always a great road trip- Lalia Z

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    • Mitch Schneider
      September 27, 2021

      Thank you for accompanying me on this journey! ;-{)}

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  3. Dawn Wiley
    August 31, 2021

    Connecting with the messages in your blog is empowering and makes me feel so blessed.

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    • Mitch Schneider
      September 9, 2021

      Thank you so much for those kind words... Writing is both a privilege and a responsibility I take very seriously, so your words are especially meaningful.

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