How do you “edit” your life?
We all have enough technology and Social platforms to showcase our “preferred” self, the side that we want the world to see. We “post” our happy times. This “good” stuff masks the reality that most of our everyday moments are not that “post-worthy”. Who wants to share the painful argument, miscarriage, or their messy, laundry piled home?
In our less than interesting, mundane life, our highlight reel is filled with hours of passivity, busied productivity, empty empathy, and years of seeking something more.
distracted & driven
We’re innately driven to search for happiness, love, and belonging. Each day we seek to pursue a greater sense of fulfillment at school, work, home or the gym.
How do we come to terms with our basic need to love and be known, with the world’s disarray of distractions to that dream?
In the book of Ecclesiastes, the writer Solomon shares:
“I became greater than all who had lived before me. Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labours. But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all meaningless – like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anymore.” Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 NLT
more. more. more.
It seems the more we get, the less satisfied we are. As we were going through this verse, my 14-year-old shared, “I thought once I had more clothes I’d be happy. But then I only wanted more.”
Isn’t this the same with nearly everything we own? You buy your first car. Sure, it’s satisfying for a while, until you can afford more. Your first home was so great, wasn’t it? Until someone had a bigger and better one and suddenly yours is too old and too small.
If you’re in business each passing year can be met with a plan for more. More clients, more money, more team. More. More. More.
What if the more we seek is actually shrinking our heart? Our gratitude? Our love? Our joy, peace and fulfillment rather than expanding it?
Solomon’s accomplishments were nothing short of amazing. He had everything a person could ever hope for and more. But as he reflected on his life, he feels frustrated. Worry starts to consume him until he realizes his focus is all wrong. His life and possessions are gifts from God. If he embraces these gifts, he can savour his days enjoying his blessings with an attitude of thanksgiving.
What if at the heart of the “more” we desire is about more connection with one another?
What if it’s deeper relationship with our Heavenly Father?
To live generously and serve one another in love?
Real, unedited peace and fulfillment come when we prioritize our relationship with God. When we seek God above all else, the less important things are given abundantly to us as well.
Committed to You
Kristine Rustand is a Master Health Coach with EmpowerWays. Everything we do is about empowering you to live a healthier, happier life. Follow EmpowerWays on Facebook and Instagram. If you want to know how Health Coaching can help you live a healthier, happier life contact Kristine today. EmpowerWays@gmail.com
*some of writing adapted from the book of Ecclesiastes in NLT*