Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. The suicide rate among middle aged Americans has increased nearly 30 percent. The largest increases were among men in their 50s, a rates rising near 50 percent, or 30 per 100,000.
This isn’t an article about suicide, however recent suicide statistics do point to an overwhelming need for people to find some kind of meaning or purpose in life.
What is important in life tends to escape us in the busyness of our complex lives. I wonder how many of us have the time to think about meaning—the deeper meaning of life deserves some brain power, no?
Contemplating the deeper reasons for what we are doing gets in the way (we tell the self) of the doing and we all know how much there is to do. However, uncovering the greater meaning of why we are doing what we are doing has immense value and deserves attention.
I’d like to propose that you MUST find out what motivates you, to do, what you do. If your investigation leads you to the almighty dollar or to a desire to impress others then one day you will wake up and look around and wonder who hijacked your life.
What is at the inner most core of ourselves?
Yes, this question will lead you down a rabbit hole into yourself and hopefully once you get to your hidden enclave you’ll find that your business is aligned with what resonates most deeply within yourself—and if it doesn’t, get out and get into what does.
Life is too precious to waste it living someone else’s dream—those of your parents, friends, or society—what is unique in you needs, deserves, must be set free.
Your life depends on it, literally.
True success in life isn’t measured by the amount of money you have in the bank nor the number of possessions or toys that you have accumulated.
Success is a result of letting that passion that lies at your heart of hearts into the open where the sprouts of yourself can be set free to dance among humanities song of uniqueness.
Finding Meaning in What We Do
Go back to the flip chart of yourself before you sit down and pour over those spreadsheets and sales leads and ask yourself a few fundamental questions.
- Why did I start this business or get this job?
- What am I most passionate about in life?
- Am I doing what I truly want in life?
- Is my most authentic self alive in what I am doing?
It’s never too late to change your life—in fact, nothing in life is static.
Learn to move with life, learn to embrace change, and when you get comfortable you’ll find that life has its own rhythm and will knock you out just when you thought the bell had wrung.
Get up, brush yourself off, smile, and charge ahead towards the unknown with courage, positivity, and humility.