Whether or not we're working towards something that's
important to us always is a question of choice. It
may be that our jobs don't allow us a lot of opportunity
to be creative and daring, but we don't live our whole
lives at our jobs. Life is about giving and sharing,
after all, and it's important that we find every
opportunity that we can to do so, or else we will feel
that sense of emptiness that Maxwell is talking about.
Some of the happiest people I've ever known have been
those who have set up a shop or a crafts room where they
can pursue things that interest them, things that they can
share with others. In this way, they're able to use
their talents on something productive, something that
calls to them most days and says, "Come make use of
those great talents that you have!" I read an
article once about a woman who started propagating and
growing flowers and houseplants for shut-ins, and just
this new hobby of hers pulled her back from depression and
despair and gave her something to look forward to in life.
Perhaps you don't have a goal like that college degree
that could help you get a promotion, or a certain sales
figure, or a certain amount of money in savings by a
certain time. Perhaps you'd like to meet a certain
number of people in the next few months, or finish that
short story or poem or novel by a certain date. If
this is the case, then make concrete goals out of these
things, and pursue them as important, vital goals.
We spend far too much time looking outside of ourselves
for reasons to thrive. Such a strategy really
doesn't do much for us--we each have our own unique gifts
and talents, and it's when we actually put them to use
that we're able to benefit from them with a happier and
more fulfilling life.