Is Fulfillment Found in Doing or Being?

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Most people decide to be successful in life because they equate being successful with finding fulfillment. They think, “If I’m successful, then I will be happy and joyful!” But I’ll tell you this, a lot of people will disagree with me (which is fine), you can be successful and yet be extremely miserable. How many “successful” people in entertainment today are killing themselves, getting on drugs, or being alcoholics? How many professionals do you know who are successful but are completely miserable? I don’t think that being successful is necessarily being happy. I’ve read some blogs recently that might tell you otherwise. Some equate success with joy, and to me that’s just not true. 

Some people go to extremes in order to find the success they want, without taking the time to ask the “Whys” behind it. Why do you want those things? Why is this so important to you? Unfortunately, most people enter a never-ending cycle of dissatisfaction because they aren’t clear on the answers to those questions. Instead of finding that peace within, they try to find it outside. With this method of thinking, we inevitably find that surrounding ourselves with possessions does not make us happy. No matter what we do or what we accomplish, we find ourselves empty. 

Later on, we get to the point where, on the outside, we seem to be content with our lives, but it’s totally the opposite. We find ourselves asking the question, “What now?” You were happy a week ago, but right now you’re just angry. You’re back to square one. Now what? The truth is, if you are not plugged into God or the Universal intelligence, it doesn’t matter what you do. You cannot be able to find the joy your soul desires. You will not find it by doing, but by being

Being is a function of the soul. In us lies an inherent longing for happiness. If you take the time to look within yourself, you will see that most of your actions are fueled by the desire of joy and happiness. Therefore, if you are looking for significance and fulfillment, stop focusing on what you’re doing and start shifting your focus on being. Your soul only cares about what you’re being while you’re doing whatever you’re doing. 

It bears repeating: 

Your soul cares only about what you’re being while you’re doing whatever you’re doing. 

There is a reason we are called human BEINGS and not human DOINGS. It is the spirit of beingness that the soul is after, not a state of doingness. 

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