In a fast-paced, multitasking, and output-oriented world, it’s often difficult, or even impossible to be satisfied with ourselves. At the end of each day, we aren’t usually thinking “Look at all I’ve accomplished”; more than likely, we are more consumed with what we failed to do, didn’t have time to do, and all that could have done. This sense of daily dissatisfaction can drive us to want to accomplish more in life, and the society we live in certainly conditions us to believe that dissatisfaction, like pain, is a good thing because it reminds us to be more productive.
But is dissatisfaction really a good thing? Can something good really come from feeling bad about oneself, from these feelings of ineptness and the stressful compulsion to accomplish more and more? Even though accomplishments can imbue our lives with a sense of pride, if that pride is built on negativity, stress, and a sort of inferiority complex, can such a life really be considered meaningful?
1 Corinthians 13 brings out the truth of the matter: for something to be meaningful, it has to be built on love! “1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
So if you want to do something amazing in life, or accomplish great things, make sure your heart’s in the right place. Don’t do it for yourself, for your pride, don’t really do it for anything. Let your actions simply be the manifestation of the love within, the love so pure and unconditional that it can’t help but pour itself upon the world, to share itself with everyone. Life isn’t about doing, it’s about being. Being You, Being Love, Being God.
Dissatisfaction isn’t born of a spirit of Love– it’s born of the fear of incompetency, the doubt in one’s potential, and a spirit of self-loathing. While you can accomplish great things through the compulsion of dissatisfaction, your actions will ultimately be meaningless, because your heart was in the wrong place.
Satisfaction is the sense of fulfillment that can only come from living a life of love. This is why people feel most satisfied when they do what they love, from making memories with loved ones, from volunteering or giving with a spirit of altruism. When you live a life of love, satisfaction is the positive sense of meaningfulness that is the natural byproduct of that love. Satisfaction is the refreshing evidence of of a love-led life!