What Fills You Up?

I’m reading a book that my friend, Duanna Pang-Dokland wrote called “Inspired and Prosperous.”  It’s about what some of the best business and life coaches in the world do.

One of the coaches has been an industry giant for over 30 years.  He was talking about the way he looks at his business and his life.  One of the sentences caught my attention,

“The purpose of my life isn’t to have a full practice; it’s to have a fulfilling life.”

That’s a deep statement and got me thinking . . .

So many people in our culture judge their happiness by the fullness of their bank accounts, or the quality of their careers.  It’s all about results.  Don’t get me wrong.  Both are very helpful in the pursuit of happiness.  But they surely aren’t an end-all.

So what fills you up?

What do you do that when you do it, brings you joy?

I just had lunch with two of my closest friends.  We ate at Ted’s Montana Grill.  (That filled me up!)  While there, I also had the opportunity to run into three other friends who I hadn’t seen in a while.  That was nice. 

But it certainly wasn’t the food; it was the company and the conversation with my two friends that made me feel completely full and satisfied with life as I walked out the door.

Right this second I’m sitting in a chair on the back patio.  The birds are singing—it’s a beautiful, sunny day.  I am aware of the spring breeze rustling through the trees.  The grass was just cut and the flowers are in full bloom.  My wife Sandy is working on her laptop right next to me.  We’re in close proximity.  I like that . . .

I’m full!

The thought I want to share with you is this:

“What do YOU do that fills YOU up?”

Grab a pencil and write down four or five things that come to your mind right now.  Keep them handy.

And do them often.

It’s one of the keys to a fulfilling life.


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