Culture’s motto of “do what makes you happy” is a terrible life philosophy if it comes at the expense of others Culture is a terrible advisor because it is fed by the monsters of the ego we are trying to flee from.
Happiness is fleeting and fickle like a weather forecast that changes by the hour. There is something to doing what makes you feel whole and fulfilled, but that’s quite different than happiness.
Happiness often comes at the expense of others. It is selfish at its core. It puts the ego’s ME first. It puts the needs of others on hold for its wants.
Contentment, fulfillment, purpose; however, seek to use your spirit’s passion and energy to add something to the world rather than subtract from it as happiness often does, as it is typically linked to pleasure.
Being a servant also doesn’t mean we become a doormat and give so much of ourselves away that we are physically, emotionally, and spiritually depleted. If we are attuned to our calling–and living in harmony with others and ourselves–we should be energized by our work, not exhausted by it.
It is my belief that each of us are assigned a set of gifts and a purpose by God. Those gifts are both for us and for the world. The equation for true happiness–what I would call joy-is doing what fulfills us + what fulfills the world. When we are focused on meeting both of these requirements, then we are on the right path of “do what makes you happy”.
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