Being happy with your place on earth. Right here. Right Now.
If you ever feel insignificant in life, remember that every little thing you do and create can change the world and therefore has importance. Remind yourself about the butterfly effect. It is said that the movement of a butterfly’s wing can create a hurricane several weeks later. As we have seen in many movies about time travel: change one little thing in the past and the whole world changes.
If this theory is true it also applies to the present and it’s influence on the future. Not to put this heavy weight on your shoulders of course, but think about it whenever you feel unimportant in this crowed life. Or remind yourself when you feel like you haven’t found your purpose on this earth yet.
Your significance is not measured by the great things you might eventually achieve in your life, but by the sum of all the little things you do and therefore who you are. The shy guy who prefers to quietly play video games but always takes care of his little brother can create an equally big wave as the activist journalist that reaches millions of people fighting for human rights.
Realize that the importance of your existence is NOT measured by the amount of lives you change or the size of the impact you have. Ideals are great but often infuse stress and burden and can lead us away from being in the present moment. YOU MATTER!
Your significance is not measured by the great things you might eventually achieve in your life, but by the sum of all the little things you do and therefore who you are.
HOW TO LIVE FREE FROM EXPECTATIONS
- Free your person by letting go of the idea you have to achieve something big in order to “leave a mark”.
- Of course you need goals and dreams in your life but note that your importance is not dependent on achieving those.
- Let this realization bring you peace and joy: it will actually help you create a clearer view on your life achievements.
- Make sure your goals and dreams are no longer clouded by this sense that “you have to” because you already have by being here.
- Always keep in mind that you’re a valuable person no matter what and that everything you do besides that is extra.
It can be hard for us ambitious human beings to accept these truths, especially for those with high expectations of their person, like I do myself. After years of pushing and pulling my boundaries to achieve the higher goals I set for myself I noticed it felt like they were further away while I was actually getting closer. I missed out on the satisfaction it should bring because I didn’t respect the importance of my existence to begin with. Not doing that will cause you to feel less fulfilled and maybe even unsatisfied with what you’ve accomplished and will only make you want more.
I missed out on the satisfaction it should bring because I didn’t respect the importance of my existence to begin with.
You may think now: “isn’t that just being ambitious about reaching my life-goals?” and yes. It is. But it’s a deeper understanding about the “why” you do it. If the answer to that question is: “Because I want to make a change in the world or leave an imprint before I leave this earth.”, I have great news for you: you already did! See the difference? Now try to let go of the heaviness that you’ve carried around all this time. Start achieving goals for yourself and for all the reasons you set those goals to begin with.
You will see how this frees your person and how life gives you more satisfaction. The positive vibes around you that follow will work magnetizing to others and actually help you get that job you always wanted, they will help you to make those new friends and finish that project you were working on.
The butterfly effect you create with every move you make causes you to still influence everything that happens on earth thousands and thousands of years from now. So enjoy your life in this very moment, and let go of the greater good: you’re already a part of it!
How do you measure your significance? What is one step that you took towards more purposeful living? Your insights could be that one inspirational comment another person needs to hear! Let’s be part of each others journey!
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This is a great post. Purpose is something I struggle with, I think because at the moment I cannot work. It seems so alien to me. I’m throwing myself into writing my blog as I feel it helps me have a sense of purpose. Learning to let go of expectations and standards of yourself is hard to come to terms with but I’m slowly getting there