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Finding True Happiness

Guest post by Ada Obiako

I am a big supporter of the idea that happiness is a personal choice and your happiness is not reliant on anyone else. This truth has released a ton of folks from the people-bondage many of us have been enslaved to due to the confused notion that someone else has our one-way ticket to happiness. Thankfully, many of us have learned better and consequently enjoy more moments of pure bliss doing the activities we love. The problem: We’ve taken happiness TOO FAR.

Your life goal should not be happiness…it should be greatness.

We all see the posts and quotes on social media encouraging us to focus SOLELY on our happiness. They go something like, “Life is all about finding your happiness”, or “My life equals happy + happy + happy”. Sounds cute and all, but where do OTHERS fit into that? What about deserving/having your GREAT life? A great life is not only about happiness (serving you); it is also about fulfillment (serving others).

Your life goal should not be happiness…it should be greatness.

I 100% believe we are ALL born with God-given purpose – ‘purpose’ stands for a cause or belief greater than oneself. As important as it is for us to be happy, we are not created to spend our life only “finding our happiness”. We are also meant to live in fulfillment too. We are created to serve others in our individualized ways based on our belief in God, our passions, our painful lessons, and our shared experiences with others. We are called to positively impact the lives of those we can serve using our talents and developed skills so that they too may lead richer lives and we can engage in more soulful, human connections.

Your life goal should not be happiness…it should be greatness.

In our pursuit to continuously maintain our happiness, we must continue to maintain our fulfillment. We must continue to look for daily ways to serve others. We must envision our lives as one of great achievement and great service to others. We must care about others. We must be open to connecting with others that have shared experiences. We must be open to connecting with others that have shared pain. We must actively seek to alleviate shared pain in others. For example, if you lost your parents when you were younger and had a difficult time growing up without them, you should be concerned with helping orphans in the world that have experiences similar struggles. Find a way to use your gifts and your skills that have brought you relief and happiness to bring relief and happiness to others like you. If you are not sure where to start, start by seeking out people who’ve already made great strides in that arena. Offer your assistance. Seek their advice. Read their books. Watch their videos. Attend their seminars. Care enough about your cause to be willing and patient enough to grow in it throughout your life.

Your life goal should not be happiness…it should be greatness.

There are on average 7 billion people on earth. This life is not just about you. If it was, there wouldn’t be other people in it – but there are. Don’t limit your talents or your skills to yourself; you’re going to die one day. Focus on being of service to others while you’re alive and you will build a positive legacy that will surpass you even after you’re gone, which will significantly impact lives for generations to come – think your great grandkids and their great grandkids. Think about what would have happened if Dr. Martin Luther King had only been concerned with his happiness and dismissed any thoughts of achieving freedom and equality for all people?

Exactly.

Remember, your life’s happiness is important but what’s even more important is your life’s happiness PLUS your choice in fulfilling your God-given purpose – which is Your Great Life. Identify it, accept it, and then live greatly in it.

Your life goal should not be happiness…it should be greatness.

So, go and be great/:

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Ada is a writer, storyteller, and practicing spiritual junkie. She loves God, her family, and all acts of generosity. The longest relationship she’s had is the one she is currently in with food. It’s been 26 years, they’ve tried going their separate ways, but they haven’t had much luck. You can learn more about her life and her thoughts at www.adainprogress.blogspot.com

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