Do you have things in your life that you consider to be stepping stones? A job, a process, a place where you live? Where do you hope to be in the future?
It’s important to live each moment purposefully whether or not you believe it is what you want to be doing or just a first step.This allows you to explore the benefits of that opportunity. Everything can be an opportunity. We can learn from good times as well as the difficult ones. Be intentional as possible in your friendships and relationships and look for opportunities to learn even from strangers and acquaintances.
It’s easy to miss opportunities to grow and what could potentially be special moments when we look at things in our lives as stepping stones; a transitional place that is not the final destination or goal. It’s better to live as purposefully. Sometimes I feel thankful that I’m here on this earth and able to try new things. I try to connect into the joy of the moment. I realize I don’t have any future guaranteed outside of the present so I want to try my best.
I know personally this can be hard to do while balancing with preparing for the future. A few years ago I decided that I wanted to be more intentional, to enjoy people and many moments. While it’s been difficult and I sometimes feel like I’m not doing enough or failing, I can happily say that it has been fun and challenging in a good way. For myself I’m just talking about enjoying my friendships and other relationships but this principal can be applied to your job as well. If you look at your job as temporary or just a stepping stone it can steal the diligence you might apply to make the work environment better for you and others. You might skip doing your best on the job because you feel your actions don’t matter. You could miss out on lessons of growth in that environment because you are so focused on what’s next. I want to encourage you to pay attention to anything in your life that you might have been using as a stepping stone.
How can you begin to engage with that place or situation more purposefully? Let me know in the comments!