In my free time, sometimes I scour the Internet for popular articles on how to achieve joy, contentment, peace, and fulfillment. And all that other good stuff.
Honestly, the answers that I get are not really rocket science. It’s not some mystical process that you need to endure in order to attain the holy grail. It doesn’t take years and years of hard work and suffering in order to achieve. It’s not something that you need to find somewhere out there. From another material possession. From another person. From another experience.
How do you exactly find peace and fulfillment and contentment and joy? Well, the simple answer is that you have it all in this moment right here and right now. You can simply look inwards and stay grateful for what you already have. Savor the moment. Meditate. Get your rest. Get some exercise. And stay in healthy and uplifting relationships. I feel like it’s really that simple.
There is no magical formula out there. The answers are right here in front of us. On YouTube. On Google. You don’t really need to read a 500-page book in order to get the answers. You don’t really need to uphold any moral doctrine or belief.
You have what it takes in the here and now to live a relatively happy, secure, and joyful life. Take care of your health. Take care of your relationships. And voila. The proof is in the pudding. That’s all there is to it.
Again, you don’t need an MBA or a PhD to lead a healthy life. And by the way, who is to tell you anyway what is a successful life and what is not? That is in the eye of the beholder. And that is for you and you alone to decide.
Next time someone wants to sell you a complicated product that promises the fantasy of everlasting happiness and fulfillment, just kindly be aware that what you have in the moment is more than enough. It’s not rocket science. At the same time, I do realize that sometimes it’s easier said than done.
Don’t immerse yourself too deeply into your own ego. Try to find a purpose that is greater than simply your small self. More than just looking good or looking cool. More than simple comparison to the highlights seen on people’s social media pages. Follow the beat of your own drum. Decide on your own about what constitutes a good life.
Yes, take some advice from people that you look up to. From the so-called experts of the field. But at the end of the day, make your own determination on what is a good life and what is not.
At this moment right now, I am grateful that I have a relatively good and stable life. I will continue to strive for better and improve myself day in and day out. But I do realize that I have it relatively good, and I will try my best to enjoy what I got. At the same time, when I can, I will do my best to give back to this beautiful community that has given me so much.
I don’t have all the answers to all of life’s problems. But I will try my best to make each day as productive and as fulfilling as I possibly can. And to just enjoy it for what it’s worth. Enjoy reading a few pages out of that book you always wanted to read. Enjoy sipping on some coffee in the morning. Enjoy that easy chat with your friends and family. Enjoy the sun in the sky and the trees in your neighborhood.
Any type of simple and mundane activity can spark joy and passion and fulfillment within you. There are so many activities out there in life for you to try out. Don’t expect eternal bliss or everlasting ecstasy. That’ll be nice to have, but that’s not what constitutes a good life in my opinion. Slow and steady wins the race. And sometimes, incremental improvement is still growth at the end of the day.
So, take it slow. Take it easy. Enjoy your life. Take care of your health and your relationships. Money is important, yes. But it’s just one factor and not the end all be all towards a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. Make your own determinations and surround yourself with supportive and loving people that you can call your friends and your family.
I am grateful that I am living a relatively good life. Do other people have it better than me? Sure. Do some people have it worse? Perhaps. But all that could change in the blink of an eye as well. So, just cherish every moment you have. Don’t compare. Take care of your health. And live a nice and happy life. It’s simply not rocket science. You don’t need me to tell you about it.