Seek Internal Meaning (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 67)
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
— Sigmund Freud
So many people look to validate themselves and what they do by the measurement or standards of material things, wealth, circumstances, education, or other people. These are all very poor measurements and fickle standards to uphold. To free yourself from the heavy chains of envy and from trying to be and have what someone is and has, you must stop comparing yourself to others. No one is exactly like you. You are not exactly like anybody else. There is a difference between all of us and that difference is there for a reason.
The only real measurement of meaning and significance is found in your own purpose and potential. You will only begin to live a worthwhile and wholesome life when you discover your own inner power and purpose. Your ability to change the world for good is always much greater than you realize. Seeking stuff alone isn’t going to get you much in terms of a truly enjoyable life. Following other people is going to get you a lot worse including feelings of disappointment, discouragement, and not being good enough.
You don’t need that. Have a sit down talk with yourself. Open up your heart and mind to listen to your heart about the things that matter to you. Focus on the one or two or three things that you would describe as your purpose. Discover your sweet spot in doing those things. Until you do the things you were precisely made to do, you will feel restless, lost, unenthusiastic, and like you’re wasting time. Everything you have experienced is for your good. Experiences will give you more toughness, more discipline, and more wisdom than material things ever will.
Every person’s path is different in life. But every person is responsible for walking their own path. Some find their way at a fast beat while others are slower in getting on down the road. It doesn’t matter. The road must be traveled somehow, some way. The success is not found in the destination only. It’s found just as much in the journey. Be humble enough to do the work. And work hard enough to be worthy of reaping its rewards. Grow as much as you can, learn all that you can, and discover your purpose and finding meaning throughout the process called life.
“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
— Aldous Huxley