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2020 is halfway over, the truth is we never really get to explore so much during the early part because of the pandemic. Until now, we are still adjusting to the new norm brought about by the precautions we needed to take in order to keep ourselves safe.
On the lighter side, I am celebrating life as I am celebrating another birthday. At this point, I am thankful for my health more than ever. It is good to be alive, amidst the threat of pandemic, I am blessed and grateful for another year. My husband was asking me what gift I want, but to be honest, there’s no greater gift than having my healthy family around. But a diamond necklace wouldn’t hurt too right?(insert naughty grin)
The must thing for now is to enjoy life and make it count. I want to share some pointers I have compiled on How to Live a Meaningful Life:
1. Know What’s Important
Know what’s important for you.
Write down the top 5 things that you believe are the essence of how you want to live life. This can include things like “family time,” or “sing every day.” It could also include more complex ideas, like “honesty” and “simplicity.”
2. Pursue Your Passion
I believe everyone should pursue their passion in life. It’s what makes life worth living, and gives our lives true meaning and purpose.
Each time you work on something you love, it creates joy inside you like nothing else. Finding a way to use your passions to give back to the world will give your life ultimate meaning.
3. Discover Your Life’s Purpose
If you had to give yourself a reason to live, what would it be? What would you stand for? What principles do you hold highest? Is your life’s purpose to help others? Is it to inspire others with great works of art, or you words?
4. Be Self-Aware
Be aware of yourself and your actions. Meditation is a great tool for accomplishing this task. It helps us increase our self-awareness throughout the day. Remain mindful of what you do at all times, and make sure you are living life according to your principles, your life’s purpose, and what you are passionate about.
Rather than chasing 3 or 4 goals and making very little progress on them, place all of your energy on one thing. Focus. Not only will you alleviate some of the stress associated with trying to juggle so many tasks, you will be much more successful. Try and align your goal with something you are passionate about, so that there will be a drive to work hard and do well.
6. Spend Money on People More Than Things
Often, we are faced with wanting to buy more material stuff.
It will be much better if you consider carefully what you purchase, and think more about spending your money on experiences with friends and family. Not only will this give deeper meaning to your life by focusing on your relationships rather than material wealth, but you will be a happier person as a result.
7. Live With Compassion
Both for yourself, and others. Keep in mind the following quote:
For some, compassion is the purpose of life, what gives it meaning, and what leads to ultimate happiness.
8. Find a Way to Give Back
Do something that both honors your beliefs and passions, while giving something back to the world.
By giving something back, we inevitably find purpose in the act. By cultivating more of these activities, you will find your life has more meaning and purpose behind it.
9. Simplify Your Life
By simplifying your life, you’ll have more time to do what fulfills you and gives your life meaning. It can also help reduce stress and make your overall life easier to manage. It can also greatly improve your productivity.
10. Set Daily Goals
In the morning, before you start your day, create a list of 3 goals that you find fulfilling and meaningful. Make sure they adhere to your set of principles and beliefs. By trying to do less, you’ll end up doing more.
The Bottom Line
Doing all of these things at once may seem daunting, but you can pick one thing at a time and slowly incorporate the ideas into your life.
Life is about the journey, not the destination. Living a life of purpose gives both fulfillment and meaning to your journey.