Connect to Something More (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 63)
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selfishness is a rampant epidemic. More often than not, people are focused on themselves, what they can get, how they can win, where they can go, and so on. But when we get down to the very essence of what life really means, we will find that it has nothing at all to do with us. A life lived just for one’s self and one’s own aspirations is a rather earthy and uninspiring life.
To live a life of meaning, it is important to step outside of ourselves and connect to something more meaningful and fulfilling. Put yourself in a place and among people where you feel connected to true purpose and potential. The bedrock for growth and experience is not within us, but outside of us. Find your purpose somewhere in the dust and dirt of the everyday world and do whatever you must do to fulfill it.
A good purpose is not self-serving, it is self-effacing. You want what you do in life to matter, to count for something that is worthy and significant. Goals are meant to be accomplished for the main aim that someone other than yourself derives some good from it. No sensible creator goes through great pains to do something merely for himself, but so other people, even if it is just one soul, can also benefit.
A focus on one’s self incurs death very quickly. But to bring your mind and heart to do something that another person can appreciate invites one to the open doors of abundance and joy. Every person’s path is unique, and it should be. No two people are the same and no two people arrive at a destination quite the same way. Living the best life comes not from gaining more material possessions, but from connecting to a purpose that is higher and bigger than just you.
“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky