“It’s all a labor of love,” he says. “People ask me how I can do all these things and I say ‘How can I not?’ In life, it’s about who you touched and how you touched them.” ~ Viktor Ohnjec
The above quote comes from a busy man who made big changes in his life after witnessing the implosion of the World Trade Towers on 9/11. Sometimes it takes a big crisis to make the changes that result in increasing our happiness.
The last Inner Fitness™ post was a discussion about finding happiness at the intersection of pleasure and meaning. Many of you commented how that statement has gotten you thinking. There’s so much we can say about happiness and living within it as a conscious choice most of the time. Today’s post continues that conversation.
For busy people, and boomers are famously known for keeping themselves busy, it is important to find happiness and satisfaction in all this busy-ness. Otherwise, it becomes just empty activity to “kill time”. I abhor the expression “killing time” because in this one precious life of ours, time is all we have. To kill time is to kill ourselves in some way. Don’t do it! I say knock that expression out of your conversation!
Think of time as this gift we have to be the person we want to be. For Viktor, it is to “touch” people in a meaningful way. This can be done everyday of your life, whether you are working, in retirement, visiting with family and friends, or going to the store.
The question we might ask ourselves is what truly makes us happy? What gives our life both pleasure and meaning?
Here are some additional questions to get you thinking about your inner fitness and how to ensure sustaining it.
1 What has been the best year of your life so far?
2 What are you most proud of about yourself?
3 What would you most like to be remembered for after you die?
4 What is your most treasured possession?
After you answer each of these questions, ask yourself “and why?”.
There are so many more great questions to ask yourself as you build your Inner Fitness. The answers deserve to be recorded in your journal. Take the time for reflecting on your happiness.