We can hold one of two divergent beliefs about the purpose of our lives:
First, we can order our lives with the belief that our purpose is to seek comfort, ease, luxury, or convenience for ourselves. Or, second, we can order our lives with the belief that our purpose is to seek meaning, significance, and consequence with others.
The first understanding feels better in the moment and can be a strong motivating factor for a lifetime of personal choices and behaviors but ultimately leads to devastation (not an overstatement).
The second understanding is hard and complicated and frustrating, but brings with it health, peace, and contentment.
The only way we move toward the second understanding is to accept more responsibility, to be willing to be held accountable, and to share generously.
I hope you take time to experience the peace and contentment that comes with choosing a professional life that helps people move toward that second understanding.
And I hope you are moving toward it personally, as well.
This article was originally posted on Jason’s Blog in January 2024. To read more, visit www.jasonmcneal.com.