Why are we here? and other small ponderings
Philosophers have pondered the BIG questions for thousands of years…
What is the meaning of life?
What is the key to happiness?
What is existence?
I’m sure many of us ponder these questions, and other deep quandaries.
Ancient philosophers have given us some foundational answers to work with, but still, we search for answers within ourselves.
The role of philosophy is, essentially, to ASK questions.
The big question on my mind recently has been:
Why are we here?
Aristotle answers this question with the word ‘Eudaimonia.’ This term has had many translations over time.
In ancient Greek, it means ‘welfare’. But it can also mean, ‘flourishing’. And has also known to mean ‘well-being.’
Ultimately, we came to find that Aristotle meant ‘happiness’.
I’ve taken this to heart in my personal life. I’m here to lean into my happiness and create happiness in others. It’s my purpose and my ‘WHY’ and it is one of the driving forces in my day-to-day life.
It’s also how I approach my business, my team, and my clients.
But for me to lean into my purpose and act on it means always being aware of the question:
Why am I here?
This big-picture question opens up to many other essential questions:
What am I supposed to achieve?
How can I achieve it?
What do the things I do in my business mean to me?
When I can answer these questions, I believe I can do anything!
It’s empowering and has been a key to my success both personally and professionally.
We live in a world that moves at a lightning pace where there never seem to be enough hours in the day. Most days we don’t have the luxury to sit back and ponder.
But without a basic understanding of why you do what do… How can you do for others?
This is an essential part of what makes you and your business a success.
So I encourage you, during these whirlwind times, to take a moment to ponder the BIG questions.
It may mean that you have to make time to address them for yourself and your team. But it is more than worth it.
Knowing why you do what you do and what your purpose in your business is, unlocks the doors to unlimited potential and possibilities.
But it’s not just you and your business that benefit from answering these questions.
Sharing that knowledge with your clients helps them better understand why you do what you do.
Which in turn, gives you the chance to encourage them to find their own ‘WHY.’ Sharing the keys to your successes means more potential for your client’s to achieve their own success.
Sometimes asking ourselves the BIG questions can be intimidating or scary. But I think you’ll find that by digging deep, and addressing your ‘WHY AM I HERE?’ will result in clarity, inner peace, action, and, as Aristotle put it, eudaimonia.
To your success,