4 Steps to Finding Greater Meaning in Life
This blog is based entirely on an article on the Sisters of Life magazine, Imprint
Have you ever felt like there must be more to life and wondered how to find what's missing? Do you want your life to have meaning and purpose? Here are 4 steps to help you love yourself and know yourself and love others by your life!
Step 1 - Reflect
Take a minute to reflect and be aware of what's going on inside you, the effort to change takes a lot of time but it is worth it. Take some time to really go on retreat and reflect on what's going on. What are your fears? What are your struggles? What are the things that are holding you back from being the best version of yourself? "Underneath it all is usually a fear of what others would think if they knew the real me." Stop living a half life and cut out what is toxic and make time for the essential things.
Step 2 - Name your masks
Be honest with yourself and ask "what masks am i wearing? When do I present a False image of myself? And what ways do I cover up my true self or try to deceive myself, acting inauthentically? Where does my real identity rest? Do I find my value in what I do, and how I look, in the car I drive, and what others think of me? Do these often unrealistic or superficial standards bring me down and weigh on my heart?
Step 3 - Allow Jesus to heal you
Begin with a fresh start, a clean slate. Go to the sacrament of confession and be set free. "Be bold and find a quiet spot and ask Jesus to help you see yourself as He sees you, allow Him to love you in those places where you feel you have to hide yourself from others and receive His mercy. Let His perfect love cast out your fears. Pray for the grace to receive the gift of yourself, to know and to believe with all your heart that you are God's beloved one."
Step 4 - Offer yourself to others
Ask yourself when do I feel most fully and truly alive? What brings joy and a sense of fulfillment? Where do I find freedom to be myself? Where is my love most meaningful? Sometimes we have a hard time seeing our gifts and strengths. Ask a friend or family member to point out the ways and places that they see you thrive. Through this self knowledge, you can find that place to give the gift that only you can give. Our lives and our love are meant to be creative and to bring others to life.
St. John Paul II says that we cannot fully find ourselves except through a sincere gift of self. So make it a point today to ask yourself these questions in prayer. We are praying for you!