So much of our lives are spent focusing on results through vision, planning, strategy, and execution. In business, when the goal is reached we often only take a moment to celebrate all it took to get there prior to moving forward toward the next mark.
At a certain point, many of us realize the fleeting nature of this lifestyle, but do not know what to do about it. Often, it is through circumstance and not virtue that a reinvention occurs.
I have spent much of my life too focused on the external environment. It has led to material success at times with an internal feeling of emptiness that was never filled by the external environment.
It was only when I realized its fleeting nature and focused on internal development that this void found satisfaction.
Today, life giving results are defined by internal growth through reading, writing, meditation, reflection, and service to the greater good.
It’s interesting how a feeling of fulfillment comes when I let go of what I believe I desire and focus on those of my fellows. While the tangibles are hard to capture in an Excel spreadsheet, a feeling of alignment with the universe and right living is strong.
Just for today, reflect on how your time is defined. Is the day spent focused on the external, or internal in terms of the way you connect with yourself and those you interact with. Ask yourself if all the external is filling the internal void.
Work to seek a more balanced approach and at the end of the day reflect on whether it was more rewarding to serve than to be served.
Quote to Live By:
“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
Henry David Thoreau