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MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT LIFE

A Busy Life is a Meaningful One
Part 1 of 3

Many of us are so busy with our jobs, our families and other activities that we fail to assess who we really are and what is fundamentally important in our life. Our lives, to a great extent, are controlled by our to do lists: drive the kids to school, get to work, pay the bills, get the grocery shopping done, go to the meeting…the list goes on and on.

We move from activity to activity and readily accept most of this busy work as an integral part of our lives. In fact, you may think that the more activities you can handle, the better job you are doing in managing your life. You may even feel a sense of pride from the hustle and bustle of your life and view your ability to juggle things as a skill to be envied by others. Unfortunately, you could be confusing a busy life with a meaningful one. 

While a meaningful life certainly has its share of activities associated with family, work and friends, a well-lived life isn’t determined by your level of activity, but rather by whether you are living up to the true potential that your life represents.

So, what’s wrong with being busy?

In and of itself, nothing is wrong with it. However, in many instances, this busy life interferes with or totally occupies the times when we should be assessing what we were really put on this earth to do…or to be. In other words, we let this busy living take over and even prevent us from stopping and thinking about ourselves introspectively, and possibly making choices that would modify or even significantly change our life in some positive way.

You are here for a purpose. Don’t become so busy that you never take the time to consider this point. More importantly,  don't get so busy that you never take the time to determine what the purpose of your life really is.

“Almost every man wastes parts of his life
in attempts to display qualities 
that he does not possess,
or to gain applause that he cannot keep.”
Samuel Johnson

In today’s world, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that time is a precious commodity and that none of us have an endless supply of tomorrows. Take a close look at yourself and determine if you are on the road to truly developing the life you have been given, or simply living a very busy one.

There’s nothing to be gained from delaying your answer to this self-assessment. The sooner you make the distinction between “being busy” and achieving your intended purpose, the sooner you can begin to make the choices to create a truly meaningful life. 

Intended purpose? What does that mean? 

Each of us is a unique individual. Each of us is different. Each of us possesses certain interests, certain abilities, certain feelings that give us a sense what we were intended to do and who we were intended to be. 

The options are endless, but there is one, or in some cases maybe a few, that is a fit for you. There is no way that someone can determine this for you although you can sometimes pick up a hint based on comments or discussions with others…an “if we could only see ourselves as others see us” sort of thing. 

Nevertheless, you are the one responsible for making this determination. You have to give this prospect of an intended purpose some careful thought and continue to think and work at it until you have started to identify the intended purpose in life.

Hopefully, we have stimulated your thinking about an intended purpose for your life, but, unfortunately, we can’t really help you much past this point. Your intended purpose, or taking a step closer to it, could be something as simple as volunteering for a cause that you strongly believe in. It could require a total change in your career, or the decision to get your college degree, or a commitment to starting a new business, or to start painting lessons, or to run for public office…the possibilities are endless. You may want to start this evaluation process by making a list of possible intended purposes that seem to be of interest you to you, that are "pulling at your life" in some way.

What we can help you with is this one reminder: to be successful in this effort, you will have to make some choices, some very important ones. It will be a series of specific choices that move you in the direction of this intended purpose. Once again, our choices define our lives...in this case the life that we were intended to live.

So, don’t let your busy life keep you from accomplishing this important task.

“Man’s main task is to give birth to himself,
to become what he potentially is.”
Eric Fromm

Written by Michael Nelson
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- OTHER PARTS IN THIS SERIES -

Part 2:
MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT LIFE
What Other People Think Is VERY Important

Part 3:
MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT LIFE
It Will All Work Out Some Day

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