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“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” – Jung
What is a life well lived—a life filled with quality, richness, and meaning?
Maybe we should start with what it isn’t.
Curiously, it isn’t any of the things we’ve come to associate with “success”: an impressive resume or extensive real estate holdings. Instead, living life well, whether you look inside or outside yourself, as Jung describes, is associated strongly with:
- The “spiritual” component of life
- A journey rather than a destination
- Contentment, but not necessarily, happiness
We’ve composed a preliminary list of experiences that we have found makes for a life well lived. They are not listed in any particular order of importance.
Experiences That Make For A Life Well-Lived
- Contributing toward an individual’s growth or an organization’s mission that we highly value.
- Demonstrating a consistency between our public and private persona.
- Experiencing the love and support of family and/or friends who have stuck with us through challenging times. And growing in the capacity to love.
- Learning through and sharing with friends — their perspectives, experiences, and insights.
- Growing through education, travel, or other hands-on experiences.
- Mastering skills in personal and/or professional realms.
- Appreciating the excellence and beauty in other people’s mastery and expression (e.g., in the arts, sports, problem-solving).
- Experiencing epiphanies about the nature of life.
- Being immersed in something greater than the self.
- Feeling captivated, awed, and/or spiritually awakened by Nature.
- Connecting with many sources of wisdom.
- Experiencing gratitude.
- Living mindfully in the present.
- Deepening one’s awareness by consistently living life’s existential questions.
How would you describe components of a life well lived?
We would love to hear from you.
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