YES, It is possible to be Happy, Healthy and Purposeful.
Now that I have your attention, I would like to help you understand what it takes. Many look to specifics including:
Although everything mentioned on this short list may create an emotional response, they are unlikely to achieve the goal. To clarify this point, the diabetic that injects insulin into their body will create a positive change, but will not become diabetic free. We have a tendency to search our external environment for the tools needed to find good health, happiness and purposeful living. We find bookstores (I’m old fashioned; I probably should have said “Kindle) with motivational writings to change our lives with step by step instructions. We have seminars with speakers that outline the “methods” necessary to achieving lifetime goals. We have religious institutions that direct us to the bible to hear the words of God to help us find our paths in life. Although all of these sources can enrich our lives by adding new meaning they don’t seem to offer enough to satisfy everyone’s attempt to achieve a Happy, Healthy and Purposeful life.
Anyone, anything or any event or activity that adds a positive experience to life should be viewed as a tool in one’s arsenal. We are a complicated society with diversified wants and needs. Attempting to create “a game plan” that satisfies all needs will lead to a vanishing trail. At the start the vision is clear. We see a well defined pathway until reality confronts us with a fog that becomes so thick, it becomes impossible to navigate the trail with all its optional forks to choose from.
There is only one place I am aware of that offers the ability to find Happiness, Good Health and Purposeful living FOR EVERYONE. It provides a true foundation and encourages oneself to seek personal growth. Using this source as a reference point, one can then turn to all “outside” sources of positive thinking and actions to help reinforce our foundation providing an arsenal filled with backup support. This one place, this reference point I talk about is known as our
This is the undiscovered place where all our answers reside. It is the essence of who we are as well as the potential of what we can become. It is a place many fear to travel because it reveals our entire being. It is a place, however, necessary to seek to achieve Happiness, Good Health and Purposeful Living.
The Soul is amorphous (without shape). This, in itself is purposeful. It allows us to adapt to changes we go through as we develop and grow on our journey through life. Distraction becomes its biggest enemy. As we shift our focus from the inner foundation to the “tasty delights” of the material world, we tend to shift our thought process from BALANCED and GROUNDED to CAREFREE and NEEDY. Emotions take us to a place where our “wants” become our “critical need.” It is a place where we REACT to our environmental stimuli rather than RESPOND to it. This is the place many people find themselves living today. It is a difficult place to escape from, because it provides a constant source of temporary gratification ultimately leading us further and further away from our true source of strength, our
The beauty of knowing that the answers already reside within our souls should add comfort to everyone’s life. Temptations to temporary gratifications are shifted as we transition our thought process from material happiness to inner happiness. It may be difficult in the beginning just like anything we have little experience with. As we continue to search for answers, our soul slowly strengthens and provides answers upon which actions can be taken. We begin feeling an inner sense of peace. With this new understanding we develop an ability to approach life from a happier, healthier and more purposeful direction. As we bring the material world back into our lives, it no longer creates distraction and temptation, but rather adds to our arsenal of pleasurable positive experiences that we can now control. Once you can see life from this perspective, it becomes possible to live a Happy, Healthy and Purposeful Life.