Living a functional life is about living a life worth emulating (by generations) and targeted at fulfilling your purpose. The type of choice we make, our sense of dignity, our values, our relationships, our possession are all tools to living a functional life. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ”- Theodore Roosevelt
Planning and organising your life. How can we say we are living a functional life? Even though many of us feel something is missing or not right about our lives, we are often clueless on what exactly it is. We are constantly faced with things to do, our wishes, what is expected of us, responsibility to take, loads of information to digest, multitude of innovations( especially with technology sprouting up new stuff by the day). It's hard to tell in the midst of all these. In order to get clear on your purpose, you must be willing to find a way spend time alone and on an ongoing basis. We need to pause and rewind and play. We design our lives around our priorities and face those things that add value to us has a person. Worries don’t take away problems only solutions have the power to do that. “Living a meaningful life includes planning for your future as well as enjoying life as it happens. -David St. Lawrence
Learning and applying your knowledge. Learning ends the day we die. Some of us have a whole room for self development books (text audio & video), large files of e-book, and load of magazine saying do this or that. But how do they affect us? Some writers don’t really think about simplifying their message to specifically tell you how to use them. Even when they do, we still need to sit down with the point and tailor it to our particular situation. What I do is this; when I come across any useful tip or information, I stop and think about it and how I can apply it in my daily life, then I write that down.
You can try that or figure out what works for you. Forget how interesting any content or how great it author is. It is only worth having or knowing if they can aid your living a functional life. It easy to find some information and go “Wow! This is great” then you go around the next week feeling you have learnt something new. The question is have you wasted time in swallowing what will just run through your system without any use? “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. "- Stevie Wonder
Know your strength and shielding your weaknesses. Getting to know our strength is the only way they can be useful to our growth. This reminds me of the movie X-men. One thing I learnt from that movie is that “what you have within you is greater than what is outside”. You don’t have to be able to control the wind or metals or have wings springing off your back to be special. We all have different talents (or strength). If we can learn about them we can use them for our own good. That explains why someone who has being a regular and unknown banker for years would become breaks out into music and become successful in a short while. “Do things that make use of your own special talents and abilities. For instance, if you are good with your hands, then make things for yourself, family, and friends. If you like animals, consider having a pet or at least playing with friends’ pets. ”- bestselfesteem.com
Knowing your weakness is equally important. Weaknesses are the windows through which the freezing cold wind gets into our lives. We need to keep them sealed and secure. Don’t waste time lamenting what you don’t do well, leave them to people who do them well. (If you hate paper work don’t apply for such jobs, if it is your business then hire someone to do them). If you need to learn or fix your weakness what are you then waiting for? “Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste. "- Lucille Ball
Acting and reacting in a way that is functional to our purpose. What are you doing here? How did you get here? Do you like been here? What are you option? And why have you not considered your options? These are simple questions but if we take time to look at them we would see some things we never used to notice. As the boss, are you there to run the business or to build a team of successfully people? Do you help people around you? Do you motivate them? Do you boast of your ability or ridicule their effort, to prove you know better? Packard is quoted as saying: “You should not gloat about anything you’ have done; you ought to keep going and find something better to do. ” More so “ a rich man among a thousand of poor people is a poor man too!”- A Yoruba proverb
Live an ethical life: abandon negative actions. This includes not harming our future generations and your immediate society. You don’t have to live feeling uninspired, tired, bored and sometimes worse. Know and understand that everything you a gain can be gone. You don’t have to go along with everything we learn in society you have to use your life wisely.
“It is very important to have a meaningful life. We may have high ambitions and great goals to achieve, but living is not just to have a successful career and beautiful family. There was a legend in Chinese history about a man by the name of Peng Zhu who lived for about 820 years. On the other hand, Yen Hui, a disciple of Confucius, lived a very short but virtuous life of 32 years. He is until today remembered for his virtues and wise sayings and praised by Confucius. Yen Hui had a very meaningful life as compared to Peng Zhu. ”- T. A Chew. Which way of life do you choose? It not how far or how fast but how well!
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