What is the most important thing in life for you?
When I look around, I often see many dissatisfied people.
These people are good materially, but they are dissatisfied with their lives, despite their wealth.
When they talk, they usually talk about money or other material things:
Which car do you drive?
How much is your house worth?
How much do you earn?
How much did your suit cost?
Where are you going on holiday this year?
I find all these conversations very drowsy and boring and I think, what are those only poor people. They seem to be in some sort of competition with each other, and they are basically obsessed with money.
I used to think about it a lot and asked why that is. But now I realize that these people are missing something, something that can not be obtained with money.
They are working, going to work day after day to earn a living, but the job they do is not fulfilling them. For most, the work is more of a necessary evil, the money-making is in the foreground.
For example, how can an industrial worker, who is on the assembly line for 8 hours a day, possibly still in shift work, and constantly performs the same job, be satisfied with his work? He does his work mechanically, he works like a robot, but his soul is empty.
Man, however, is a very vivid and living being and his basic structure is designed to evolve over and over again. He wants to unfold. This is a natural basic need deeply invested in each of us. If he has no opportunity to satisfy this basic need, he blunts and plunges into superficial distractions and addictions to compensate for this deficiency.
Surely one could argue that people have the opportunity to live their potential in their free time.
That’s right, of course. It should be noted, however, that an unsatisfactory job situation also has a negative effect on leisure time. Only when a person is completely in harmony with his entire life situation, it is possible for him to live his true potential, otherwise his life would be only partially fulfilling.
Well, to lead a self-determined authentic life requires a lot of courage. The first step is to free oneself from given patterns of life and to listen in on oneself. When we deal with our inner life intensively, we can learn a lot about ourselves. This gives us the opportunity to discover our true vocation and our true purpose in life. It is, so to speak, a way to self-knowledge.
The second step, in a full life, however, is the hardest. Here most people fail. They know now what could make their lives meaningful and what could make them happy, but they are afraid to put it into action.
There are several reasons for this. On the one hand, this is because the majority of people have until now lived a norm-oriented, adapted life and are thus not used to living a self-determined life. For that they would have to leave the well-known paths and tread new paths. On the other hand, there is the fear of material losses.
These are existential fears that keep them from giving their lives a new direction. Well, existential fears are well founded. Because when someone finds that he is in an unhappy professional situation but is dependent on material reasons, conflicts arise.
On the one hand, dependence on one’s livelihood, the dissatisfaction with a job situation that hinders the person’s development and development.
However, one has to deal with these conflicts in order to finally find a satisfactory solution.
At this point, however, everyone has to decide for themselves which way to go. Because the way to yourself is your very individual way, you have to go alone. Whether you finally have the courage to go to him is up to you.
Regardless of how you decide, I strongly believe that there is only one way to happiness: we need to discover what is inside us and live up to our true potential.
Self-development and self-realization is, in my opinion, the most important thing in life.
Complacency is not selfishness, it has a huge impact on our social environment. For a person can only have a positive effect on others if he is in harmony with himself.