Not long ago, hubby and I were at a dinner party on a Sunday evening. Hubby was hanging out with the men and I was hanging with the women. True junior high school style. LOL!
When we left, hubby tells me that all of the men were complaining about going to work the next day. And then one of the men said, “But, what can you do?”
What a hopeless view on life. And not to criticize these individuals. They are simply a representation of the mass epidemic of settling we have going on in the world today.
It seems almost everyone settles. Instead up building up the guts to go after what they really want and what’s really important, people would rather settle for what they know they can achieve. What sounds good. What’s going to make them fit in.
The problem with this is it leaves you completely unfulfilled and unsatisfied. So we look for other things to fill the void like shopping, drinking, and more schooling and education. It’s so funny. I was once addicted to these things. I almost got my master’s degree. I loved to party and hang out with friends. But when I finally started getting on purpose. When I finally stepped onto my path and destiny in life, I no longer had the urge to do some of those things any more. I didn’t need the validation of another degree I didn’t really care to get. I didn’t look to do things only because they made sense.
What kind of life is that? Only making decisions based on the sense of a culture who believes in settling?
A wise man once told me if I want to be successful, watch where everyone else goes and walk, no run, in the opposite direction.
Now, when I look back on my life, I realize I settled and I settled big time. I settled when I went back to college. I settled when I got a corporate job. I settled even when I opened up my massage business. I looked at the numbers. Did my research. Made sensible decisions. Only to end up in a life that didn’t make be happy. It didn’t fill me up. To be truly filled up, we must accept joy and happiness into our lives. And damn it, happiness is unreasonable. Joy is nonsensible. What man wants for our lives has to be logical based on current ideology. What God wants from us goes deeper than that. Which is why a deep sense of peace, joy, and satisfaction accompanies it.
Find your joy. And don’t look in the confines of society. Don’t search a course catalog for it. Ignore the advice of family and friends. Only consider what makes you happy right now, and do more of that. Expand your happiness. Expand your current sense of self. Surround yourself with silence and beauty. And not just a beautiful pair of shoes. Surround yourself with a mountain, beach, or lake.
Don’t settle. Don’t ever settle.
Life. Your Life. My Life. It’s all we have. It’s our only guarantee in this moment. Do something with it. Use it to fill you up. Take the next breath. And watch the person who breathes. Just as easy as you allowed air to fill your lungs, let life fill your life. Inspiration. To breathe into.
Breathe into your life. Let it be full. Let it be fun. Enjoy it. It’s all you have.
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