Living in these uncertain times causes most sane people to stop and think, take stock, ask questions that they weren’t asking before; what the hell is going on in the world?
We all need a strong sense of meaningfulness in life. It’s a basic need.
The Meaning of Everyday Life
Meaningful experiences confirm that our day-to-day lives have value, the actions we take create a narrative that allows us to clearly see where we’ve been and what we can do in the future.
Meaningful Actions Improve Your Sense of Well Being
Meaningful actions that lead to money in the bank. The way we get that money is important too. If we rob banks successfully, it doesn’t make us successful members of society.
Creativity and Desire
If we follow passion and write, create useful objects and sell them, then we are fortunate to have found our niche in life — maybe even expand that niche into a treasure trove.
Match Passion with Drive, Drive with Care
We have to be sure that our passions match the wants and needs of the rest of the world, or some of it. Then we have a real offer. It can be writing articles, copywriting, or selling computer software solutions. People must want what we offer.
Smell the Flowers, See the Colours
Money helps, but so does taking the time to examine the world around ourselves.
It’s only when we stop and look at a flower that we realize that it’s a flower. Many people only see red and blue things dotted about without giving it a second thought.
But if we want to improve our sense of well-being and embrace all of life, then we must learn to examine the things that are important to us.
Money Mindful — but Don’t forget to Live
To become mindful about money is a problem for many people. They find it ugly to seriously consider how important it is to welcome money into their lives, to want money for a purpose. Examine everything.
To stop and examine a flower in the street, to stop and look at wealth and its true meaningfulness in our type of society is to take life seriously. Both are about the same thing, understanding what is important in your own life.
Automated Lives and the Devil’s Game
The experience of life is very much dictated to us through social economics. We know poverty, relative poverty, or we discover how to create something valuable that we can market.
A Mark of Self-Respect
For the masses the first offer is labour. We offer the service of our labour for a price. Then we are overworked and dissatisfied with the balance of price against labour — we value ourselves. Working for others teaches us a lesson in self-respect.
We realize that we are worth more than the minimum pay. The banks and financial institution get into the game.
They have an offer, so they suggest we take out a loan to buy the things we want and need. Many people borrow money to buy food and shelter. Others go on credit financed holidays. The Devil is at work.
“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”
Have you ever noticed how some people who possess so little are happy?
I don’t think that they have little, it’s just that they know what they personally need. They know themselves. They have stopped to smell the flowers.
To know yourself in all aspects of life is the name of the game. It’s Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
We need shelter, food, we need friends to love and be loved by. At the top of the hierarchy of needs is “self-realization”. Most people spend their lives trying to engage in the higher echelons of living the sweet life before they even get a bank account or learn about how money works. That’s why they get into trouble.
Don’t just Dream out Nice Things…
This leads to the danger of just dreaming about a better life. The necessary skills and resources haven’t been developed in a person who lacks experience.
Never let Dreams become your Master, be the Master of Your Dreams
Lack of life experience — of getting battered about a bit, of trying and failing and then coming back for more, causes a person to thrive on the comfort of colourful dreams about money and wealth, about great love — the type of love that just walks into a bar.
Beautiful dreams. Hollywood dishes them out each night on Netflix and co. They don’t happen.
To stop and smell the flowers is a way of saying how important everything is. Not just “where’s the money?”.
Be a Master of Your Soul and Build a Beautiful Life
Nobody can build themselves into a cash making machine. Life is worthless without soul, and having money is meaningless for a soulless person.
To really know who you are, what you want, and why it will make you happy will create a driving force inside yourself. That force is you. No other person can touch it.
To make goals and get yourself out of the hole with a Herculean effort is a fine thing, a worthy task.
Trust is a Resource that is Learned with Effort
If we spend all our efforts and time on getting out of holes we will never see the meaningful things that we desire. We will spend our time looking down at the darkness of that hole. It’s important to have trust in yourself.
Trust comes from knowledge. Self-knowledge.
We already know that life could be sweeter with a few more dollars in the bank. What about other things?
How do you feel when you socialize, meet people you love, work on a hobby — just a hobby that relaxes you?
What do you do or feel when a friend asks for help? How do you react when a loved one makes demands that are hard to ignore?
Knowing what you think and feel, how you react, and especially what motivates you to act, is the way to self-knowledge that defines who you are.
To become aware of all the things you are capable of by acting and living, making mistakes and to enjoy your success develops the resources that allows you to smell the flowers and enjoy everyday life.