Finding Your Own Fulfillment and Enjoyment
In this increasingly stressful world, how can one find a sense of fulfillment? In a dog-eat-dog world, how can you make your life meaningful and happy? I share a few tips to help you find a sense of fulfillment and enjoy life to the fullest:
- Keep a healthy life balance
Recognize that your time is limited and, thus, valuable. So, to balance both your needs and responsibilities, you must effectively manage your time.
Take some time to de-stress and relax. Take short breaks throughout the day to clear your head. Talk a walk or a short ride around the neighborhood. Go on a vacation. Enjoy diversions. Spend quality time with loved ones. And if you can, delegate.
- Sow happiness, reap joy.
The saying “you reap what you sow” suggests that you get what you deserve. A similar saying would be, “do to others what you would have them do to you.”
You can sow what you like, where you like. Whatever you sow will eventually increase, often many times over. You might want to look carefully at what you are sowing in your life.
What have you been doing with your life? How have you been treating people? What have you planted in yourself and others? What have you harvested? You plant a bad seed; you get a bad harvest. Sow hate; you reap violence. If you plant good things – love, mercy, compassion, generosity, kindness – in your life, you will harvest good things.
- Focus on what you’re better at and promote it
Do you think about changing career paths often? Do you believe the grass is greener on the other side? You might first want to think about all the things that you’ll miss when you jump to the other side of the fence.
You may make more money in a short time, but if you put that time and energy into growing what you are already good at, you’ll do a lot better. Indeed, if you take the time to water your own grass, it would be just as green. Focus on what you’re really good at and don’t stray away from it. Continue perfecting your craft and become the leader in your field.
- See yourself objectively
How well do you know yourself? Do you accept who you are – and who you are not? Have a true perspective of yourself. See yourself accurately as you really are but acknowledge that there is a room for improvement, a room for change.
Don’t expect yourself to have the same abilities as other people but you can improve. Don’t chase after some idyllic perfection of yourself; just be yourself as what you feel inside yourself. You can never guess how others will see you; your parents, friends, neighbors, and teachers will see you differently. Only you know who you are and how you can change.
- Get creative
Most people think of creativity in terms of the arts: music, painting, sculpture, and even knitting. However, creativity is bigger than that. Creativity can also mean doing mundane tasks like cleaning the room, doing the dishes, gardening, and even laundry. All of us just have a different definition and perception of creativity and how to approach and invest in it.
We are all creative in a different way and space and even without knowing it. So, get creative. It helps increase your knowledge and make better use of your time.
- Embrace your responsibilities
The kind of life you live is your responsibility. How you choose to live your life starts with your own thoughts and decisions. For this reason, you cannot hold other people responsible for what happens in your life. As a responsible person, you decide how best to respond to whatever comes your way.
But you should also recognize the fact that you are part of a greater society. Your actions and attitudes affect them, just as theirs affect you. As an individual in the society, you have the power to perceive and react to the society. From then on, you can justify or excuse your actions or wrongdoings by blaming society. That’s not the mark of a responsible adult.
As you are responsible for your life, you are also responsible for the consequences of your lifestyle on others, whether you want to be or not. You are responsible to others and for others.
- Give thanks always
Sometimes a simple “thank you” is far more worth than gold. After all, life consists not of the abundance of possessions but of connections between people. Good words help build, nurture and restore ties between people.
Simple words such as “thank you” are so easy to say, so whenever you could say “thank you,” say it from the heart. Be grateful for the small and big things; never let a small act of kindness go unnoticed. Do always find something to say “thank you” for every day.