What are the things you’re naturally drawn to? You were born with the capacity to lead a meaningful life that incorporates all the things you love. The good news is that, yes, having the courage to follow what feels good can be practiced. Living a life overflowing with love, within and without, isn’t only possible—it’s why we’re all here.
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” — Marianne Williamson
A meaningful life isn’t about achieving financial wealth or physical perfection, though meaning does not deny optimum health or wealth; meaning is more inclusive than that. Being able to share ourselves authentically and touch the lives of others with sincerity—this is how we get to a deeper understanding of true fulfillment.
Meaning isn’t something easily explained away in words or symbols; it’s much more profound than that. The closest we can get to knowing what meaning means in our own lives is through the feeling of it: it always feels like love.
If you’re craving a life of greater depth and clarity, whatever that looks like for you (though it always feels like love), here’s some inspiration to affirm your truest desires and honor the one resounding message of life on earth: Love each other. Love yourself.
Practice the Courage to Be Authentic, on Purpose
Research professor Brené Brown says, “When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.”
A powerful way to cultivate purpose and passion in our lives is to honor who we are to begin with. We must own our stories in order to regain that innate sense of truth that we knew when we were just kids playing, with wonder for everything we saw, and without doubt about who we needed to be.
When you feel aligned, honestly in sync with yourself, you’re also aligned with everything you deeply desire for your life on earth.There is love in authenticity, because love is truth. There is meaning in your honest expression. Click To Tweet
We certainly don’t possess control over much of the workings of the universe, yet we play an integral role in the goings on of everything around us; we are connected to all that is (including meaning), by default. We’re not just in the universe, but we’re made of the same stuff that we see when we look out into the night sky.
Meaning isn’t about making progress as quickly as possible or achieving more than the person next to you; it’s about activating the power of your presence in the world.
Your authentic presence is powerful and meaningful; it’s a full expression of your connection to who you are, which is connected to everything.
Even if you can’t identify in writing or speech what your passions are, or what road you’d like to take, you can live a meaningful life. Meaning is about the “why” and the “how,” not about the “what.”“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” — Lewis Carroll Click To Tweet
Travel in a purposeful manner, staying true to who you feel yourself to be, even if the destination is vague. Love is the journey and the destination; therefore, the journey must be love, and in that there must be meaning.
Allow Your Gratitude and Optimism to Pave the Paths Ahead
Through gratitude, we’re able to recognize the beauty in the “not knowing,” the joy in the “in-between,” and the meaning in the “meantime.” There is a sense that all is well, and that what we have is more important than what we think might be missing.
With optimism, we can more graciously welcome change, whether it’s in the form of a new season or a surprise opportunity to grow. We can anticipate with enthusiasm rather than with anxiety, which makes a big difference in how we walk the path.
Gratitude and optimism together enable us to see more things with wonder, which makes for a rich life experience.Gratitude makes everything on time, a little divine. Optimism is an extension of that easy space. Click To Tweet
Feeling grateful in the present and optimistic about the future doesn’t secure immunity from the challenges of being a human, but it does help us cope and thrive through them. Knowing the darkness is part of life. Keeping our compassion is what gives meaning even to the falls, because a full life is, without question, all-inclusive.
An appreciative and optimistic approach doesn’t clear the path of debris; it makes you more adept at enjoying the walk anyway.
A Meaningful Life Is about Connection
There is no meaning without connection—with your truths and desires, with the hearts of others, with the moment you’re breathing in, with the things that draw you closer to love.
Can we move mindfully, maintaining some stillness inside ourselves while we perform in the world? Can we notice our distractions and become the conscious witness to our patterns? Can we pay attention to those activities which make us focus and engage with the moment we’re in? These things have meaning.
Can we speak to the heart of those we meet, and listen with the sole purpose of listening? Can we greet people by name, honoring the light in them that’s also in us? Can we remember what really matters in our conversations, and have compassion? There is meaning here.
Are even the smallest acts of kindness and common courtesies important enough to continue; do they really matter? Yes, always.Love is where we'll find meaning, and meaning will always be where we give love. Click To Tweet
Flowing in the moment is an indicator that we’re charged, energized, intimately engaged with life, and there’s love wherever we are in our honesty and wholeness. There’s love, of course, wherever there’s compassion, especially forgiveness. Love is even in the connections we make that aren’t intimate, because the truth is that we’re connected to all that is, and love is the truth.
Ultimately, love is everything that is anything. If it’s a meaningful life you seek, seek love, give love, do love, and be love.
- Can you pinpoint your passions, or even your purpose, here on earth? If not, can you name any feelings you’re drawn to, lit up by, and want more of in your life here?
- In what ways can you give meaning to what you do today? How can your presence be of service, to yourself and others, today?
Please share your insights on living a meaningful life, lessons learned along the way, when you feel most connected to the truth, and any helpful or hopeful stories with me in the comments.
Share this with affirmation someone who has a truly profound role to play here on earth… someone who may need a reminder of their innate worth and capacity to contribute.
My beloved big brother left us all with this message, and this is what I’ll leave you with every time I write: Love each other. Love yourself.
With all my love,