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How can you get what you want from life if you do not know what it is that you want? Over the past years, I have observed a problem within our society and it seems to be that a great many people feel lost, confused and without a sense of purpose.
They have no direction in their lives and seem to be floating about aimlessly. Going from relationship to relationship, job to job, day to day, seeking happiness in material possessions, and always wanting more but doing less to achieve.
In the United States, young people today, in general, are less likely to practice organized religion than older generations, and they are more probable to be skeptical about religious institutions. A recent study at a major university looked at 1,385 people aged 18 to 25 and found that more than half of those in the study said that they did not pray regularly before a meal. Two-thirds said that they never had discussed religion with friends, attended religious services or read religious material. Twenty-five percent of those studied did not identify themselves as religious practitioners.
Unlike generations that have gone before them, they are much more pampered, nurtured and programmed with a slew of activities since they were toddlers, that make them both high-performance and high-maintenance. They seem to believe in their own self-worth and do not really care that much for others or what others think of them. This is a dramatic generational turnaround.
What is it they long for but cannot find? They seem to give up to easy and embellish no kind of satisfaction for a life purpose. Everything must be now, without any conscience of having patience for tomorrow or what will come along down the road. Troubling to me is they seem to be OK with this attitude.
If you (or someone you know) are unhappy with life, could it be because you do not have a direction or sense of purpose in life? Is it because you wake up in the morning with no goal to work toward, idly hoping that fortune will send something good your way?
You may very well have many dreams and desires, but without knowing exactly what you want, you are not going to be able to work toward it. While it may come as a surprise to you, it is, in fact, no wonder that you are not successful or making progress toward reaching those goals if you do not know what you want.
Every single action you take and every bit of energy you spend should be contributing toward achieving your goals in life. Either your schoolwork, job or business should be a medium toward achieving your goal,or it should be the goal itself. Working in a job that is a stepping stone toward neither your goal nor your end goal is a waste of your life.
Do you realize that any relationship that causes stress, anger, or sadness is a relationship that is delaying you from reaching your goals and thus should be ended as quickly as possible? Even your diet and exercise schedule should contribute toward you reaching your goals. Eating junk food is bad for your system and will result in disease and lack of energy, thus it is holding you back, and it is a habit that should be abandoned.
You may ask yourself what is the point of having goals. I mean, we are all going to die and nothing we do really matters, right? That is exactly why it does matter. You have one short life on this earth and there are no do-overs, so make this life count.
The kind of goals I am referring to are things you want from life. It does not have to be a material gain or even some sort of measurable achievement. A goal can be something as simple as living a life full of love and happiness with friends and family. A goal is something that makes your life worth living.
I believe when you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten. If you want something you have never had, then you have to do something you have never done. Do not worry about how far you still have to go, instead look at it as how far you have already gotten. Never give up on the brink of your miracle. Miracles happen every day.
The past is history; the future is a mystery and right now is a gift, which is why they call it the present. You have no idea what tomorrow will bring, so be thankful for every single moment you are alive. Be grateful for your family, friends and the local veterans who fought to give you the freedom you experience.
Be grateful for the food you eat, for the fact that you have a warm, dry place to sleep with a roof over your head. Millions of people do not. May you live all the days of your life. Soak up every single drop of life you can, because all you will ever have is this moment, right now.