A fuller life has been reached when we’re no longer attempting to achieve a fuller life. It means that we’re content, as we should be, with ourselves and what we have.Being anxious for more or envying someone else’s life or their possessions is self-defeating. This will only usually result in frustration. Always hoping and waiting for more happiness.
So what’s important? Enough, not more.
“Think of what you’ve got rather than of what you don’t. Of the things you do have, choose the best and reflect how eagerly you’d have sought them if you did not have them.” – Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
There is, right here and now, a great deal to appreciate. There is life itself with friends, family, and everything that’s naturally before us. We just have to look around and take it in. Perhaps it is time to make a list of all the good things that you have to actually be grateful for.
Are there people in your life that you’d miss dearly if they weren’t here? When you go for a walk don’t you see, hear, and smell, many things to appreciate and feel nice about? Like the flowers, trees, birds, and the clouds in the sky. A caterpillar crossing the sidewalk or your neighbor waving. A cute pup or child enthusiastically enjoying that moment in life.
“Whether in favor or in humiliation, be not dismayed. Let your eyes leisurely look at the flowers blooming and falling in your courtyard. Whether you leave or retain your position, take no care. Let your mind wander with the clouds folding and unfolding beyond the horizon.” – Hung Tzu-ch’eng (1593-1665)
It just makes good sense to be satisfied and at peace with yourself and others, and to enjoy life now. Not only will you feel better, you may even find your life less stressful.