Fullfillment encompasses many aspects. One of the most important is living a meaningful life. How do you make your life meaningful in today’s world?
The search for purpose and meaning in your life is sometimes referred to as Spirituality because it pays attention to your inner life. Depending on what stage of life you are in, you might look in different places for the need to matter and for meaning.
Young adults often look to work to help define their identity. This is a stage of life where doing and meeteing goals dominates life. Many hours are spent at work which easily translates into being needed and often appreciated.
Older adults, especially those approaching what use to be called retirement, need to find a new direction as “doing” is replaced by “being.” Some look to religion and/or spirituality as a way to redefine who they are. Finding a direction becomes more imortant than meeting goals because as a new identity forms, possibilities actually open up.
In both cases, feeling that you “matter” or count in others’ lives is crucial. Feeling needed, appreciated and noticed is necessary for good mental health. There is no right or wrong activity. The key is whether or not the activity engages you, makes you feel appreciated and needed.
Let’s explore what that might be for you.
What in your life makes you feel like you “matter” – gives your life meanining? Viktor Frankl, a prominent psychiatrist, believed that an authentic life must be a journey of meaning. We need meaning to thrive and feel fulfilled. Without meaning, we lose our way.
Where does meaning come from? You have to have a purpose to experience meaning. Meaning comes from using your strengths to achieve your purpose, goal or direction. What is your purpose?
Your purpose conveys action or movement toward something that you value. It can be your mission, passion or personal dream. The meaning you get from having a purpose is a side effect of having that purpose.
There are many benefits of having a purpose, goal or direction. It:
- Stimulates you
- Enhances wellness
- Activates healing powers within you
- Motivates you
- Keeps you youthful
If you are having trouble determining your pupose, try answering these questions:
- Think back to a “younger” you. What did you dream of doing?
- What makes you feel like you “matter,” feel needed or appreciated?
- What are your strengths?
- How can you use your strengths more often?
- How can you use your strengths for a purpose greater than yourself?
- If you had a business card, what would it say?
As you look at your answers, identify how you can feel like you “matter.” You will begin to discover what makes your life meaningful. Comment below and let me know what works for you. I love to hear from you.
To your success,