In 2004 Scott Harrison was living a life ripe with the swanky amenities of feckless wealth. The condo in New York, grand piano, leased BMW, high-stakes gambling, strip clubs and drugs were essential ingredients in the prodigal recipe of his life. In a revelatory moment, on a beach in Punta Del Esta, Uruguay, Scott realized what he had become -- a morally, spiritually and emotionally bankrupt polluter of mankind. All the positive values he had growing up were replaced with a cheap, selfish and destructive identity that percolated over time. Scott was caught in a gradual drift that led him to some unintended, but very real consequences. However, in a Sydney Carton-esque manner, Scott Harrison transformed his life to become the founder and CEO of charity: water, that has made a global impact by giving clean drinking water to over 7 million people worldwide.
"If the bookends of your day resonate with resentment, uncertainty, apathy and sincere unhappiness, then there is a lack of congruency with your core values."
At this moment -- right now, are you who you want to be? What is your reason for getting up in the morning, your ikigai, your raison d'être? Maybe you settled for a menial job in hopes of getting back on track to your life's work, or perhaps the relationship you are in is deteriorating, but out of security and convenience you stay. Somewhere along the journey you have lost sight of the destination; the detour is causing you to miss out on the true calling and purpose of your life. If the bookends of your day resonate with resentment, uncertainty, apathy and sincere unhappiness, then there is a lack of congruency with your core values -- values that are the underpinnings of ultimate happiness.
When the attributes of a typical bad day aggregate over time to become the overall descriptions of your life, you lose perspective on what really matters. A daily occurrence of mediocrity, unintentionally, bitterness and pessimism can very easily be extrapolated to sum up your whole life. When the lack of joy in your job, relationships and daily habits are infecting your livelihood, you are no longer living abundantly, rather treading water in a sea of despair. As a result, it's not only necessary but imperative to reflect on your goals and take a personal inventory of what you value the most.
"True happiness blossoms once you define your purpose and stay devoted to the coalesced values."
Just as checking the path you are traveling on presupposes knowing what your destination is, reviewing the values of your life is contingent on defining them first. If you don't ground yourself with genuine objective standards of living, then any path becomes the way -- a path of unintentional drift. True happiness blossoms once you define your purpose and stay devoted to the coalesced values.