A topic often discussed in Positive Psychology is that of meaning. When we have meaning and purpose in our lives we tend to be happier. If we can find meaning out of obstacles and even tragedy we recover quicker.
Last month I was issued with two parking tickets. Something that is unheard of for me.
What has that got to do with happiness I hear you say?
Well after I got over my temper tantrum I got to thinking about metaphor. I believe we can use events in our life as metaphors to help us develop as if the universe is sending us a message. So I asked myself a question.
Am I in “park mode” in my life?
The answer I came back with is “maybe”. As you know if you have been following my blog I re-located a couple of years ago and I’m gradually shifting my work to the new area. Well the truth is I haven’t put a great deal of effort into that.
I am fortunate enough that I could afford to coast a little. I have been enjoying “being” in my new location close to nature. There are many good things to this however I realise I was also losing direction.
Since asking myself that question and talking it through with Joe something really interesting has started to happen. I am suddenly being presented with opportunities to do those things that I believe are part of my process.
Several people in real need emotionally and psychologically have reached out to me. I have noticed how much more alive I feel when I am engaged in “my mission”.
How about you? Are you coasting? Have you discovered your purpose? Do you need some help finding it?
Reach out if you do, get that help. Find out what you are here to do.