We are bombarded with ideas and practices regarding how to be happy. The pursuit of happiness has become a primary goal for some of us. We want to have a feeling of bliss permeating all levels of our existence.
We engage in new spiritual practices, buy the latest products, listen to the latest gurus and plan grand adventures. All in the pursuit of happiness. We believe if we are happy all else will fall into place. And if we cannot sustain that feeling of happiness we feel as though we've failed in some way.
Now, let me be clear, I am not knocking happiness. I've had incredibly happy experiences in my lifetime that have brought me much joy and contributed to the person I am in this space and time.
What I'm proposing is that perhaps instead of seeking to be happy we might try seeking to be fulfilled.
Happiness, as lovely as it is, can be fleeting.
Fulfillment will sustain you through any life circumstance you may find yourself in. Fulfillment will get you out of the bed in the morning to face whatever challenge awaits you that day. Fulfillment will allow you to go to sleep at night knowing you've done the best you could that day. Fulfillment will carry you through those times you thought would break you.
So, I'll ask the question again. What would you rather be... happy or fulfilled?"