Every now and then I find a quote in a book that strikes a deep chord. The truth or essence of the passage seems undeniable. I’d like to share one such passage from a book that I found in my apartment building’s laundry room. Not the most glamorous place to find meaningful direction, but who’s to judge?
The passage below is from the book The Purpose of Your Life by Carol Adrienne. I have the passage saved on my computer and printed underneath a tray on my nightstand. Whenever I feel the need for a bit more direction, I read the passage. Enjoy.
People Who Lead Fulfilling Lives
“People who lead fulfilling lives generally have found a sense of “home” in what they do. They have a philosophy of life that connects them to a larger vision. They accept that life is a continuing challenge. More often than not, they are able to live according to their own schedules, choosing work that is interesting and complex enough to keep them engaged. They get excited about being effective and about being stretched to learn new things.
They have a few good friends who understand their vision and perhaps even share common aspirations. They are not driven by urgency, competition or the demands of the ego.Â People who are happy have found an internal harmony by participating fully in the world from the platform of their strengths and passions, having come somewhat to terms with their foibles and weaknesses.
For the most part, they do what they do best. They tend to be wholly involved and present in the moment, and not diminished by pride, envy, fear, or self-loathing. They usually know when they have made choices that are in alignment with their inner sense of moral rightness. They look forward to what life will bring each day, and, at the same time, honor their commitments and do what the say they will do. They care about the little things of life, and they also feel a part of the universal order.”
– Carol Adrienne, The Purpose of Your Life