How to Live a Fulfilling Life
Originally published on 1-12-11
He is what I live for! I don’t know what I would do without him.
I live for my children!
I love my job; I don’t have time for anything else!
These statements are made by people who have placed their identity in the hands of something external, something beyond their control, and while they are devoted and heartfelt phrases, they are a set up for total disaster.
When life changes (we’ve seen it a million times, most recently with the horrifying Tuscon shooting) and if tragedy strikes those who place their identity in things other than themselves will feel a void so large that it will feel like they’re trying to fill the Grand Canyon and all they have is an 8 ounce cup. Whether it’s: work, children, church, or your significant other, it’s very dangerous to put all your eggs in one basket.
Have you ever heard the airline attendant say, “In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, an oxygen mask will drop from above. Please place your oxygen mask on first before assisting other passengers.”? The sentiment of this statement can be applied it to everyday life. You MUST take care of yourself before you can take care of others.
If you aren’t cultivating a fulfilling life -- and making sure you’re mentally and physically healthy, you aren’t being as positive of a force as you could be to those around you. And why wouldn’t you want to be the best version of yourself?
Take some time and think about what a fulfilling life feels like to you. What do you love to do, what fills your soul, what satisfies you? And fill them in a 9 square box. Your goal is to create a whole and balanced life.
Filling your life with different components that are healthy and stimulate you; and committing your energy to fostering them is key. With each one of these 9 boxes is filled, you feel rich and fulfilled. If you lose your job, your church, or even your relationship, it’s going to be painful, lonely, uncomfortable, sad, devastating even; but you’ve still got 8 other areas of your life to focus on and devote your energy to.
Having different components of your life that excite you, inspire you and nurture you will lead you to lead a fulfilled life.