I’m going to close with a simpler way to process your spirituality if looking at all the individual puzzle pieces (as we’ve done the past few days) isn’t all that interesting to you.
What constitutes a good day? Do you ever ask yourself that question? What do you need to do today, that you can (in reality) do, that would contribute to experiencing a meaningful day?
It tends to be that we’re so bogged down trying to get done the things that need to be done that we don’t think about building meaning into our day. Or, we don’t consider what it would take in order to create space to create meaning in our day.
Of course, building meaning into our day such that we spiritually flourish requires a little bit of planning. But it’s not just about planning- it’s about intentionality. Intentionality is at the heart of a flourishing spiritual life.
Are you living as you intend to be living?
Spend some time with that question. It’s not an easy one to answer. And, the answer will always be a little bit yes and a little bit no.
Life will be more spiritually enriching if we’re living as we intend to be living. This means we regularly evaluate how we’re living and intentionally seek to adjust the areas where things aren’t going well. This process allows our lives to become more full, more spiritually enriching, in part because we confidently know that we're approaching our lives wholeheartedly. That requires courage.
If we’re living intentional lives then we will experience ourselves as being more whole, or unified, persons because there will be, over time, fewer discrepancies between our desires and our actions. There will be less hypocrisy, less internal tension, and the joy that comes from knowing we’re doing the best we can.