How Could You Bring More Meaning Into Your Life
It is too easy to get caught up with the rat race of life, without pausing for a moment to think of its meaning…
How do you live a meaningful life?
Does what you do matter?
More importantly, does it matter to you?
Feeling that what you’re doing has a real purpose and meaning that matters to you - will make a huge difference in your life.
It makes getting up each day the most exciting thing in the world.
You can’t wait to get started.
Nothing is hard work when it has meaning and purpose!
So... we ask you today to think for yourself...
How could you live a more meaningful life?
Here's Our Suggestion:
Think of your legacy.
One day, in the last few days of your life, you will feel a great comfort to know that you’re leaving a meaningful legacy behind.
So... take some time to ask yourself what your legacy will be when you’re gone:
- What do you want your life to stand for?
- How do you want to be remembered by your family and friends?
- What will those beyond your circle of family and friends remember you for?
- What kind of an impact do you want to have on your community?
- How will the world be a better place because you were in it?
- What contributions do you want to make in your field?
- Whose lives will you have touched?
- What lessons would you like to pass on to future generations?
- What do you want to leave behind?
- How can you serve?
If you’re not happy with what your legacy would be if you died tomorrow, get to work on creating a meaningful legacy now.
Now It's Your Turn
We can’t wait to read your comment and get inspired.
And until then...
Thank you for these wonderful and important questions, Vered.
I realize that I am already at peace with what I have achieved because I have helped people grow and I said ‘I love you’ to the people who are dear to me.
This doesn’t mean I’m done and ready to go, :-D.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have ambitions or worries.
There is still much I can do and much that I can unlearn.
Every time I do that, I feel like I’m taking away a little bit of the misconceptions that keep us all from being happy. And every time I see someone else unlearn or give, it feels exactly the same. This makes me grateful to be here.
Right. Interesting question you ask here. Is the concept of “meaningful life” connected to the concept of “purpose of life”?
Two remarks to that (from my humble perspective):
1. Personally I live with the meaning of “getting the best out of other people”. I share what I know and have learned, I challenge my kids and friends to explore and grow. In that process immediately I learn, I am challenged and I am exploring new insights. All together we grow our awareness that we are not just being but we are actively living.
2. Business-wise I work from the “Supply Chain Management” concept that consists of two simple concepts: A=Trust and B=Adding Value. Everything you do should add value in the process , that is adding value to the flow of goods and money and information.
Living a meaningful life for me therfore is: constantly looking for the answer to : “how can I help getting the best out of other” and “how can I add value to a Supply Chain”.
Thanks Peter for your wonderful comment.
I love your definition of a meaningful life.
I have worried about my finances a lot. But if I die tomorrow I don’t think I want to leave that as a legacy.
I would like my friends and family to remember the good times we have had together, the laughter and people around me my volunteer work I have done the past 30 years which was very enjoyable and satisfying to me.
But thank you for this. I think I would like to do more and will think what else I can do.
Thanks Roos for your honest contribution
You’re question caused a little shock, because I realized that if I were to die tomorrow I would be satisfied with the good deeds I’ve done, the knowledge I shared and the work I’ve been doing on myself.
But then I’m sixty-two so it’s no wonder that you’ve accomplished a few goals.
But I am used to seeing myself as very much still on the road to ‘somewhere’ because financially I have not achieved a lot, in fact was functioning sub par.That has recently changed and so I’ve stopped beating myself up about it.
Thank you for your question which made me realize all this!
Thanks Joan for your honest contribution.
I believe the older we get these questions become even more meaningful, without taking away from us what we have already have done in life. It just allows us to create new priorities
Those are some difficult questions you are asking. I am not in a stage yet to answer them all, and perhaps better, because that would mean you’re kind of done.
I am reading a book of Oscar Wilde and one of the characters is described not to talk anymore, because he had already said all he wanted to say before the age of 30.
Another character is afraid of losing his youth as to him it the only important thing in life.
As a legacy I have thought about my three books and about my lecture series and pictures as a tangible past. The other questions seem to me questions to ask in a different stage of life.
Living a meaningful life right now to me is in small things: the enjoyment of nature, sharing moments with friends and family, developing myself further. I am not thinking in these moments about legacy…
Thanks Martine for your very insightful comment.
I just don’t think we’re ever “kind of done” until the final moment arrives.
I absolutely believe that we leave this Earth when we’re done and until then we should explore and grow as much as we can and spread what we’ve learned to others.
Having books and giving lectures is absolutely one way of leaving a legacy in the world.
Busy to create my future.
Work hard, but with Joy. Following so many steps I learned in Open Circles academy. Want to be remembered as the hard working man that loved what he was doing.
Last year I put a lot of legacy on youtu.be, Just to leave it somewhere in the cloud.
Thanks Jur so much for your fantastic contribution.
It’s great to read the clarity of what you wish for your life and the steps you have taken towards it
Needed work/ income last year since my business ran out of work during covid. Starten wending gardens for small proces, lots of happy customers. Enough income to get by. Now normal work starten. Some double income ? now looking for a new home, where I can forfill my dreams. B&B showgarden, tea garden, doing theatre shows at home, be self supporting, with fruit, vegetable garden.
Right now I am in the caught up of the rat race of live thinking may be this is it. Why keeping busy finding my higher self. Sorry just don’t have the energy. Do on this moment I am looking for the more energetic self and find the pause button in the rat race. So thank you for reminding.
I want to be reminded as the person who was herself who lived her true own life. And by living this life inspired others to be themselves. Now I have to stand still because I lose myself in the rat race. Thank you for this insight. ❤️
Thanks Japke for your honest contribution.
If there is anything I have learned which is most valuable is that the rat-race will always keep us away from asking the most IMPORTANT questions in our life, which would bring the most valuable QUALITY into our life.
Maybe pausing, even for just 30 minutes a week and contemplating on those questions would get you closer to what you wish AND allow you to move forward in leaving a legacy
Thanks for the tip. On behalve of this I start in September Qi gong course.
For a year I’m busy with “Purpose economy”. An economy which is focus on contribution to a better balance between man and money.
This change in my life gives a lot more fullfilment than I’ve ever had
Thanks for your wonderful contribution Roland.
That sounds like a true legacy.
I spend a lot of time helping and pleasing others. I find it difficult to say no, so for me when I look deep into myself I would be glad if I could take better care of myself. And no longer refuse to see or hear the signals from my body.
Thanks Lydia for your valuable inout.
Taking care of others does not have to come in place of taking time for yourself.
At the end of the day if you’re not well you’re not able to give your 100% to others.Maybe that should be your legacy – learning how to balance between giving others and giving to yourself.