A life worth remembering #3

February 13, 2018 Byron Thompson No comments exist

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.

I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying second chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

 

According to Martin Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, Meaning (The M in his PERMA recipe for achieving a life worth remembering) is “belonging to and serving something that you believe is bigger than the self.”

I found my own meaning, which I called “purpose in life” in listening to an award winning classical guitarist over 40 years ago. She was a young woman who bested 4 other male contestants in a national competition in Barcelona, Spain. She moved me and the rest of the audience because her performance was clearly superior to the other contestants. The judges were able to deliberate for less than 5 minutes before awarding her the first prize certificate and the money.

As I thought about the difference between her and the others I concluded it was all in her motivation. She was not playing for the award, recognition, applause, or even the money. She was playing because that was who she essentially was. She would have played without those inducements. That was her purpose in life.

Because of this insight I realized that this was true of me, when I was helping other people to grow whether by teaching, speaking or writing. I came about this realization when a friend asked me; “What business are you in as a person.?”

So, I’ll ask you the same question, “What business are you in?”

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