“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ― Herman Melville
I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately “What is the purpose of humanity? Why are we here?” and “How can I reach my goals?” and while I can’t say for certain on the first one, the one thing that pops into my mind most frequently is that we are here to make connections and those connections are what get us to where we need to go physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Until you can connect with yourself, including your goals and motivators, you will not have sustained results. Many, many people distinguish their goals, but they do not take the time to connect with them. If you reached your goal of X, Y or Z what would that look like? What would your lifestyle look like? What things are you looking forward to being able to do, feel and experience? Why do you want or need that? Connect the dots.
We can think of the cells in our bodies as small models of ourselves. If a cell simply exists in the body and is not connecting to a network of anything it is destroyed and consumed by our immune system, dies on its own or mutates into something like cancer and replicates abnormal cells. In order for our body to flourish, each cell follows a unique nucleotide sequence via our deoxyribonucleic acid strands (DNA) and helps itself fulfill its individual purpose, but also a much larger purpose within its given organ system. Pretty neat, huh?
So then think of yourself as a little cell within the world organism. Do you see your existence helping to make the organism we live within flourish at all times? Do you find yourself falling into negative behavioral or cognitive cycles and negatively affecting or influencing those around you? If you find yourself agreeing with the second question, don’t worry! You can work to become a little light and healthy cell in the world organism.
In order to do this, we must personally do our part to take care of ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally so that we truly can positively contribute to the larger picture. We must figure out our skill set and start putting it to work within our friend circle, schools, places of work and greater community. We must not be afraid of the changes and challenges that lay in front of us each and every day and instead must look at them as opportunities to connect, illuminate and produce wonderful effects and ripples.
What do you enjoy doing? What are you passionate about?
How frequently do you do those activities? Can you step that number up?
What influence do you have in the world around you? Who do you influence?
Who do you know and how can you spread your influence to even one more person?
Start small. Start with yourself then look to create sparks. Make your life magnificent.
It’s all about the connections.