Do everything in life with meaningful intent.
If you are not happy with you life then you need to change it. But what if you cannot change it?
There are always tasks in life that we do not want to do, but have to. There are always situations that we find ourselves in that we cannot get out of or away from.
“Do every little thing in the spirit of the ‘thing’ itself” – Samurai maxim.
What this means is to do whatever task is required of you, regardless of how much you may abhor it, with complete attention to every little detail and giving it the best possible effort that you can muster. Totally embrace it and make it your own.
With this philosophy on board you can make any chore into a challenge and obtain enjoyment from the experience of a successful completion.
If you then apply the same principles to all of life then you will find fulfillment. The art of Zen finds immense beauty in the simplest things. There is no need for arduous pursuit of all manner of entertainments, possessions and experienced to obtain a fulfilling life. Fulfillment can be in the completion of the smallest task, or assisting a friend or family member, or even a stranger, just for the sheer enjoyment of a thing accomplished with caring and pride.
Knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world and not in a closet. – Lord Chesterfield
Do not hide yourself away from life. get out there and do everything that you can imagine, but make it worthwhile.
If you must do it, do it well. If you have to do it for duty’s sake, do it with pride. Take ownership for all of your actions and that will moderate what you undertake. Only in full truth to yourself will you ever realise the full potential of your life and experience fulfillment.
so, don’t be a fool. Be fulfilled!