Balanced Living: "Yes, But Are You ENJOYING What You're Doing?"

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Before we get started here, let me state for the record that there's nothing wrong with being driven and goal oriented and having lofty goals you're trying to reach!

That said... His Holiness, The Dalai Lama once said:

I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. ... Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.


As a counselor and spiritual guide, one of the issues clients often come to me with is stress.

Often, that stress is tied to worries about performing and doing well enough at whatever it is they are undertaking. Sometimes these people are suffering because they are striving to accomplish levels of success that even the most ambitious among us would find daunting.

I am not here to criticize people's choices, but I do find myself asking those folks to consider the question of whether or not they are enjoying what they are doing, in order to pursue and reach their goals.

It's not unusual for someone to admit that they are not really enjoying themselves — hence the stress — and then to add "But I don't know what ELSE to do!"

From the outside, looking in, that's when I see the need to really stop and have a long hard look at one's priorities.


Are these goals you have set and now don't enjoy pursuing even what you truly want? Or are your actions the result of something you were taught "to like" during your upbringing, or perhaps something "abstract" you saw or read about that you're not even sure you want, in your core being?

Sometimes, what we claim we "want" turns out to be more about an "image" we picked up somewhere and are emulating, than about our own true desires. And all that chasing? It's not even for something we really want, and certainly not for something that will actually make us happy!

In a few months, I expect the world pandemic will reach that late stage where more and more people will be able to return to some version of their "old" lives. I hope people have used their increased self-time to think carefully about what really matters, and perhaps have gained the wisdom to no longer pursue virtually unattainable goals that aren't really what they want!

Thanks for reading, and Bright Blessings to all!

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