Do you ever stop to evaluate your own life to figure out if you are living a life that is planned out and expected of you? Do you ever get the notion in your mind that there has to be much more in life waiting for me than what has presented itself? Do you find that you are just going along in life following a plan that just does speak to you or ignite you? Are you feeling complacent?
Those questions are just the tip of iceberg when it comes to looking at our lives and how we live. I have seen all to often where people jump down a particular path because it is either acceptable, safe and secure, or what they’ve been taught to do. In addition, often times life circumstances happen that bring about decision that seem like a good idea at first, but as time goes on you realize that it really is not who you are or you chose that path for the wrong reasons. It’s not a great feeling because then you start to find yourself stressed and not sure what you can do change.
Often times what is needed is for you take a step back and completely re-evaluate your direction to figure out what it is you are doing and whether or not the path you chose is the right one. At this point your assessment should look at whether your life is just complacent and settling with your circumstances or if you are living out your real purpose and living purposefully. I am sure many will say, if giving a true assessment will say they’ve become complacent.
In some ways, I’ve felt the same way. not with my beautiful wife and children but in overall career and education paths. Sometimes it feels like I’ve settled into rolls just to make sure they were provided for. Nothing wrong with that, but when it becomes a problem is when you feel like your path is sucking away at your own soul. I’ve certainly had that feeling. The beauty part is that no matter what path you take, every part of it is a part of your journey and growth. Going through those challenges better prepare you for the making the changes you really need to make in your life.
So what do you do if you find yourself complacent and realizing that you need to make a change. Well that is simple, CHANGE. I know it sounds daunting, but that’s what needs to happen. Figure out what it is that truly makes you happy and go do that. Live a purposeful life and don’t let naysayers stop you. Author Joseph Campbell said, “We must let go of the life we planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” There is a lot more out there waiting for you accomplish in life and life is way to short to sit back and let it all pass by.
Take life by the horns and take the lead on the direction you want to take. Choose to live a life of purpose and say goodbye to a life of complacency. It’s something that we can all do. You don’t have to live miserable and unhappy in nowhere jobs. You don’t have to keep up with the Jones’s. The life you lead is between you and God and he will get you to that life of purpose if you trust in Him. Be purposeful and you can Come Alive!