To use a sporting analogy, life can be considered a game of two halves. The first half is so often suffused with chasing something – better grades at school and at college, leading to bigger jobs, better careers and bulkier bank balances. Much needs more, bigger is better, even more is even better.
Life becomes a competitive race dominated by ego, image, and survival of the fittest. The underlying assumption being that who we are is determined by what we have and what other people think about us.
And some people spend their entire lives living out this paradigm, which is a real pity because it’s an illusion, a lie you were sold or bought into.
Confucius once wrote that we all have two lives, and that your second life begins the moment you realise you only have one life.
Because there is a second half to this game of life, with the dawning realisation that less is more, that the real purpose of life is a life of purpose and contribution; that while we make a living from what we do, we make a life from what we give.
And you don’t have to wait until the second half of life to start living and playing from a mind-set of purpose and contribution. You don’t need to have all the answers to begin living with gratitude and generosity, in fact it can be living this way that helps you to find what you’re looking for.
We all have something to share, something to give, and by simply opening our eyes opportunities will present themselves from every direction. Begin today, right here, right now, by doing what you can with what you have. The prize is that your life becomes richer, and more fulfilled as you reap the bountiful benefits of purpose and possibility.