Are You Seeking a Fulfilling Life?

Building A Life Of Fulfillment And Joy

As Scott Peck said, ” life is difficult.” But at the end of the day, what we really seek is a life that is replete with fulfillment.

Joy comes at the end of the day when we know quality time has been spent on building fulfillment and connection with self, family, and community. So what can be done to bring a smile and a sense of accomplishment? How can each of us create lives that are useful and productive? What constitutes using time wisely in the pursuit of happiness? I believe the following six steps may be useful.

1. Become a joiner and seek fulfillment.  “No man is an island.” Seek our community organizations such as Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, or Lions ‘club as possible venues for involvement. Join several networking groups. Become active in church activities. Connecting with others spreads positive synergistic energy. Connecting brings fulfillment.

2. Immerse yourself in enjoyable activities and seek fulfillment.  The most pleasurable endeavors come attached to personal strengths and talents. For more information on strength finders, google Dr. Martin Seligman and Positive Psychology. The greatest pleasures are usually in sync with our inborn abilities.

3. Learn to treat yourself and others with respect and seek fulfillment.  This includes adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet, moderate amounts of exercise, and daily reflection and meditation. Follow the golden rule and “do unto others and you would have them do unto you.”

4. Develop habits of dependability and seek fulfillment.  One of my pet peeves is failure to show up on time for appointments. This shows a total lack of respect for time and it reflects a lack of concern for the other person.

5. Make the decision to follow through on commitments and seek fulfillment. Letting others down will always serve to boomerang back in a negative manner. There is a phenomenon called karma. When we fail to honor obligations, someone will inevitably fall back on promises made to us.

6. Complete jobs on time to seek fulfillment.  In fact, it’s best to finish an assignment before the deadline. This allows for greater creativity and competence in carrying out required work.

7. Always maintain a sense of humor to seek fulfillment.  If the computer breaks down, the printer won’t work, or the cat misses the litter box, find some laughter in the event. All of the above have happened to me at one time or another. Life happens. Don’t let it get in the way of a positive attitude.

8. Take some time to do something for someone who is hurting. Send a card, make a phone call, visit someone in a nursing home. The reward will be great for both the giver and the receiver.

9. Find time daily to talk to God in the form of prayer or meditation. This will recharge your day and give energy for the tasks at hand.

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