I guess this post is kind of part two of my previous post, “Making A Difference”. If you’re making a difference in this world, you should feel that your life has meaning. So, my answer to the question Who are you to want a big, meaningful life? is, I deserve to have a big, meaningful life.
I’ve worked hard and continue to work hard in my life. I feel that everything I do has a real purpose and meaning for me. Pursuing my passion for empowering others, making a difference in someone else’s life, and living with compassion for others are important to me. It fuels me and gives me the energy to keep moving forward. It’s not about the ‘things’ I have, it’s about my family, friends, and the experiences in my life. Also for me, it’s about giving back to others. I don’t mean just monetarily, but giving of myself in time and effort. And, I think I’m learning about having self-awareness. I’m trying to be more mindful of what I do at all times, and believe me that can be hard. I try to keep my life’s purpose, principles, and passion at the forefront of everything I do. This helps me to be present and not worry about that ‘to do’ list in my head. That ‘to do’ list will always be there.
Creating, working on, and watching this blog grow has been and is a big part of my life. While going through this whole process, I find myself doing a lot of reflecting and I can say that I do have meaning in my life. I’m not happy every minute of every day. Who is? I think happiness is being focused on what is happening now, but meaningfulness is about your past, present, and future, and how all that relates to you.
Psychologist, Martin Seligman, said that “Meaning comes from belonging to and serving something beyond yourself and from developing the best within you.” I guess that’s what I’m trying to do and have been working on my entire life.
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