For many years, I’ve had this question in the back of my mind: “what makes a purposeful life”? I don’t mean what do other people think that means but what does that mean to me? I read a parenting book once titled “The Winning Family” in which the author asks a question about what you believe. Clarifying her question, she wrote “I mean what do YOU belive, not what you have been talked into believing”.
Purposeful living has to matter to you personally. Every action you make, every choice and decision you make, is based on some kind of motive. The motive in the US often seems “how can I survive this day” or “hang on until the weekend” or “wait until I retire” or how can I make more money, motives that once met generally leave a person feeling unfulfilled.
When I was in Bali, the primary motive every day is to live in harmony. They took the bombings in Kuta as a sign of losing contact with their spiritual roots and applied greater vigor to their daily practice.
Here, I’ll be curious to explore what drives you? What contributes to a meaningful life? What’s the balance between THINKING about it and feeling in your gut when you are on the right path? During today’s challenging environment, economic challenges, little job security, financial challenges, uncertainty, questionable housing market, etc, I run into many people reflecting on what really matters in life.
How about you?