Each of us has a different definition of what it means to be fulfilled. For one person it could be working with seniors as a volunteer. For another, it could be training for a marathon. For a third, it could be setting up a greenhouse in their backyard. The choices of what brings fulfillment are endless. One person’s passion would turn out to be boring for another. Finding personal fulfillment in life is part of what makes us human. Finding life purpose however does not mean that you will be given a pass on pain. Growth rarely takes place without some degree of discomfort. So many of us missed opportunities because we wanted to avoid suffering. Thus, the phone call didn’t get made, the question didn’t get asked, the trip didn’t get taken. At the end of the day, we ultimately missed out. Yes, we might have eluded some immediate pain or discomfort. But, in the process we missed out on an opportunity which could have provided an entirely new vista. On a deeper level, perhaps that new vista could have led us to an entirely new pathways of personal fulfillment. We also discovered that often the anticipated pain was largely illusory.
Personal Reflection: Have I sacrificed fulfillment for comfort?