“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in striving toward an important goal.” – Maxwell Maltz
As Maxwell puts it, emptiness is a symptom of choice–whether or not we are working towards something that is important to us or not. Many things may make it difficult for us to find the opportunity to be creative and daring, like our jobs or our commitments, however, we do not have to live our whole lives at our jobs, and our commitments will only require a portion of our time. After all, life is about giving and sharing, and it is important that we find every opportunity that we can to do so, or we will find ourselves in the company of the emptiness that Maxwell is talking about.
Many of the happiest people I know are those who allow themselves to pursue things that interest them, things that they can share with others. In this way, they are able to use their talents on something productive and exciting that beckons them most days to make use of their great talents. I remember reading an article once about a woman who started growing flowers and houseplants and then delivering them to shut-ins. This simple hobby of hers pulled her back from depression and despair and gave her something to look forward to in life.
Most of us spend far too much time looking outside of ourselves for reasons to thrive. Such a strategy fails to do much for us–we each have our own unique gifts and talents, and it is when we actually put them to use that we are able to benefit from them with a happier and more fulfilling life.
Put your talents to good use today.
Questions to consider:
Why do so many people neglect to make goals or work with their own special gifts?
What are some of your unique gifts? How might you put them to use to add a dynamic aspect to your life?
What is one important goal that you have not made yet because you are afraid you will not be able to reach it?
For further thought:
“If you observe really happy people you will find them building a boat, writing a symphony, educating their children, growing double dahlias in their gardens, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. They will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. They will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. They will have become aware that they are happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.” – W. Beran Wolfe