This is a pretty big statement, I know. And there is also a “should” in there too. Well, today I’m feeling a little bit like throwing caution to the wind and breaking some rules.
Yes, I don’t like being “should upon” any more than the next person. And at the same time I really do believe that your life should light you up! I believe that if you’re not happy with your life, if you don’t feel joy, passion, happiness and some sense of meaning in life, then you’re missing out.
I actually think life is meant to feel inspiring, interesting and easy. Yes, easy. I don’t think the happiest people are the ones that struggle the most. I think the happiest people are the ones that take on the day as it comes. The ones that go with the flow, that take things as they come.
I think these people have an ability to let go of things they cannot control. And it makes sense. Why worry about something you can’t do anything about anyway? It will only bring you down.
So maybe happiness comes from being content in the moment? Maybe it’s about being able to appreciate where you are right now, feeling good about it, and not wanting for more in this very instance? Maybe happiness is about being present? Maybe that’s what people call happiness?
I’m thinking that maybe many of us have this distorted picture of happiness, that it’s a desired state to live in, all the time. Like watching a fun movie or giggling with your girlfriends, that bubbling feeling of outward expression.
What about if happiness is not that? What if happiness as you think it should be is just a concept? What if it’s something you are yet to discover the meaning of for you? What if the point is being content with where you’re at, and inspired to be journeying towards where you want to go? What a possibility! What an inspiring, new finding to grow into.
I do believe growth is paramount to feeling like your life is lighting you up. And I don’t mean growth in size. I mean growth as in spiritual awareness, as in taking on a new challenge, learning a new skill, doing something you’ve never done before.
Growth can also be about being afraid of something and doing it anyway. Whenever I do that, I feel better after. I feel stronger. I feel alive. You might even say that I feel like my life is lighting me up!
What can you do to make sure your life lights you up? I’d love to know.