What is a “Meaningful Life”?

As you know, the goal here at Action Catalyst is to help people continue their pursuit of a meaningful life.

“But what is a meaningful life?”

This question comes up over and over again and honestly, I can’t give you an answer. Because the definition of “meaningful” ranges widely from person to person, I can give you my answer but not your answer.

Do you know what your “Meaningful Life” looks like? Often, especially as young adults, we don’t think 30 or 40 years down the road.  We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what we want to be known for, what kind of impact we want to have on the world, or what sort of example we want to leave for the next generation.

Future planning stops at Friday’s exam, next semester’s required courses, or just finding a job after graduating.

Because we don’t really sit down to ask the tough questions and spend time figuring out our answers, the short term planning doesn’t usually match up with our long term goals. Once this is figured out, it’s usually late in life when crucial factors have to be factored in, income is more important, and family brings around more responsibility. The path becomes more solidified and the plans are harder to course correct.

Finding a purpose or defining a way of life can lead to spectacular results, especially when defined early in life; the older one gets the harder it is to alter the established path. Momentum tends to keep people doing what they are doing even though they know it doesn’t line up with how they want to live. Think mid life crisis, school debt, or a family to look after: one can’t just pick up, leave their job, and pursue a goal once a standard of living and way of life is cemented.

So rewind back to now, to today.

Most of us haven’t truly delved into what kind of difference we want to make in the world, in our state, or in our community. Most of us haven’t really thought about the type of life we want to live in 20 or 30 years. This is devastating because it means living on impulse, with no certain direction, floating, hoping our lives drift towards a meaningful direction.

Action Catalyst wants to help you start looking for a purpose and direction, sooner than later. Our goal is to start you on the life long journey of living a life of meaning. There is no end to this journey, and as you progress further down the road, accomplish more, and live more, your life will take many turns. We aim to equip you with the tools to start the journey, accompany you the first few steps, then set you free to spread the fire of living intentionally.

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