Am I happy doing my job? Am I happy with how I spend my down time? Am I happy with my relationships with other? Am I happy with what I ate? Am I happy with my habits? Am I happy with my routines? Am I happy with my stuff? Am I happy with my past or my future?
So many things to address but they are all for you to discover.
Take some time to write about your own desires. What is it that you feel makes you happy?
I have completed this little activity over the years over and over again in my journal and every time I learn a little more about myself.
One thing I would share with everyone else (it's mostly personal evaluation devoid of huge epiphanies), is that when we approach these questions with perspective in mind, we become more focused.
I have looked back over my desires throughout the years, and noticed that I have had very poor perspective or vision for what I really wanted.
When I was a child, and was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I responded that I wanted to be a construction guy. I was told to pick something more lofty or rewarding.
Due to the adverse image others had for this career, I always retained a bad taste in my mouth for my own dream.
My decisions leaned heavily towards building and inventing, but continually adjusted to what others recommended.
It took me a long time to define my own vision, to which I've found such great fulfillment.
Had I looked at my personal desires in the perspective I have now, I would have been able to see clearly that I was a hands-on learner. I have a vivid imagination and an excellent ability for spatial awareness.
My mind can create a home in a matter of seconds complete with rebar, load-bearing points, mechanical runs, materials defined, purchased, hewn to fit, and assembled into any layout and style. My hands take longer to draw it, and even longer to build it. Each step in the process is enjoyable to me and I can lose myself in a 12 hour work day just playing at what I love.
I earn enough money to provide a comfortable living for my family. We have a financial plan for retirement and provident living. I enjoy time off with my children, and dates with my beautiful wife. I allow time for church and service opportunities with my family. What more could I need?
Nothing. I am happy.
Be happy. Live the good life. Now.