BLOG: One Great Way to Create Meaning in Your Life
Finding meaning in your life – or even in the world around you - can sometimes seem difficult. You might feel like you’re just drifting along in a sea of banality. Life seems to be passing you by, while at the same time, it’s hard to see the point in anything or find any meaning in your daily routine.
Yet it is hugely valuable to your sense of well-being to have direction and purpose in life.
What’s gone wrong?
A lack of meaning could be the result of looking for that meaning in things that are outside of your control. If you are looking toward someone or something outside of yourself - and depending on that to ‘fix’ you – then you are giving away your power to create your own life.
It can be wildly liberating to understand that you give your own life meaning through your actions and behaviour.
You Create the Meaning in Your Life
A good way to start doing that – and which puts the point of power back into your control – is to look at yourself with the eyes of a friendly stranger.
What would that person see?
Take a minute to jot down some of your positive qualities – things like I am kind, I am generous, I am loving, I am capable, and so on. Reacquaint yourself with all the wonderful things about you that you have to offer to the world.
These are the kinds of things that you (and others) can value about you as a person. Valuing something automatically gives it meaning, so you have just given yourself and your life a boost of meaning right there!
You can continue to work on this idea by figuring out ways to use your valued, positive qualities to help others - or to make a contribution in your community, in your workplace, or in the wider world – and this will keep on increasing the layers of meaning in your life. And it is all within your capabilities right now.