The muddled message we then send is that our meaning in life comes from the work we do. While that may be true for some people, it's certainly not the case for many. Here are five ways to begin crafting more meaningful connections and lives.
As a teacher and a healer, what I have learned is that not everyone who says they want to heal and be happy really means it. In order to achieve wholeness and personal happiness, people have to be willing to let go of their loyalty to stories of "not good enough" and "didn't do it right."
I love playing football, but an athlete I realize that I'm just a single player on this stage. When my time is done the show will go on without me. As I've grown, I've realized that the place in which I found my comfort as a youth was actually not in football alone.
I've been struck by the ordinariness of most of the so-called extraordinary lives we've studied. And the closer we look at "ordinary lives," well, the more extraordinary they appear. It's tough being a human being -- and I'm impressed by the courage I see in every single life I encounter.
To find meaning in life, one needs to reframe reality in a cumulative way. Thus, our actions and activities get stored in a metaphorical bucket. We should set goals and make progress toward these goals.
When you learn to serve others selflessly you tap into the inner goodness and love buried beneath your ego and protective facade. The joy of putting a smile on another person's face is by far the most precious thing you'll experience in this lifetime.
What's the point of living a full life if one only uses it to burden others? We may live in a world of classes and hierarchies, but life itself is equal, and because it's short, rare, and not absolute, it also makes it special.