Thursday, December 16, 2010

Living a Full Life

There are countless articles, books and blog posts about living a full life. I appreciate most of what I’ve read but something strikes me about this concept. Living a full life takes a lot of hard work and energy.

What the concept is not about is living a busy life and I think many of us confuse the two.
If living a full life requires us to be the best we can; be as thoughtful, ambitious and peaceful as we can, then that leaves little room for being human, faults and all.

So I ask, what does living a full life mean to you?

Do you think you are living a full life? Is it possible?

13 comments:

  1. The times when I feel like I'm living life to the fullest, it is when I am making time for what I am passionate about as an individual, and when I am living my life through a servant's heart. Going to bed knowing that I've made a difference in my small corner of the world? - yes, that makes me feel "full".

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  2. Good distinction b/n busy and full. I think full life includes having time to sit down and relax, play games with the family, rest, read, etc. Right now I'm busy, so I am fully aware of the distinction. Good book on this: Margin by Dr. Swensen.

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  3. I think the fullness in your life comes from the intangible things that make you happy, fulfilled, and complete. It comes from time with your family, time with God, and times just spent feeding your passions. Being less BUSY is a goal of mine for 2011 and I'm hoping when I am not so busy I'll have time for the parts of my life that make me whole.

    BTW, that photo of KLV and the tree is precious. SEriously, her cheeks are adorable and all of that delicious Bokeh in the background. You are makin your way, my friend!

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  4. TV I have to say that I think about this a lot. I don't agree with a lot of things in our world today. Now that I have a child I realy think about the ressures and it bothers me. Right now I am thinking about how much presure is already placed on children in school. I don't agree. I think that children should be children and play. There is so much time for "knowing" our letters and numbers and adding and so on. Little Chick and I play lots of learning games and she learns through play. I never pressure her though. However, being a teacher and now a mom I see that the stress and pressure is so high. I think this is the start of us all not being able to live a "full life" as we should. I dream of a more peaceful life and being fulflled through the love within my family and friends. I guess what I am trying to say is that I think many of us have fallen under the pressures of society. We almost have to so that our children will keep up. It is sad, but so. Great post as always my friend! Have a great day!

    Mama Hen

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  5. I think I am living a too-full life. My cup runeth over. But, seriously, need to shave things off my plate and enjoy a little bit more of the simple things is what I'm thinking.

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  6. living a full life to me, means taking each moment in, holding it and cherishing it! Never taking for granted all of the love in my life and making sure I make the little moments special!

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  7. Making time for the people I love despite my own to-do list. I feel am living a full life when the people around me are happy. Ugh! I'm a people pleaser! Ultimately, a full life comes from my faith, I believe.

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  8. I do think I'm living a full life. It needs to be tweaked now and then, but I seem to be doing well changing as things evolve. I have a lot of love around me, to me that equals "full".

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  9. Great questions TV! I've been thinking about this lately, the full life. It's true the distinction between a busy life and a full life, they're not equal. To me, a full life means having deep roots in a source of love that can never run dry. I'm human and subject to cycles - sometimes I feel full, other times I don't. And that's ok.

    Living a full life takes more hard work and energy as I believe it holds us accountable to set goals and go after our dreams. I don't always have the energy or motivation to keep up with it all the time but I do what I can and stretch myself at other times. What I'm also learning is my busy work can be minimized by not running in many different directions but finding a focus that I'm passionate about. Great post, as always!

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  10. I just stopped by to say hi! I hope you are having a great weekend TV! The gym is great! I have not been the last few days because my daughter is not feeling well. I do not want to get any one else sick! I think she got the cold there though. Ha! Now I have one too! Its all good though! Have a great night!

    Mama Hen

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  11. You're so right. How can we live this full, thoughtful life while being busy and chaotic at the same time? To me, it means trying to set a little time each day to smell the roses so that I don't feel like the entire day went between my fingers without being able to cherish at least one moment. This is one of my New Year's resolutions too. I'll let you know how it goes...

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  12. To me living a full life means taking nothing for granted, including our mistakes. If we are being the best we can be at any given time then that is living a full life. That being said I do not believe that it is possible for every single person to be living a "full life" all the time. We all have our moments, ups and downs. I try to love my life no matter what is taking place at the time; reminding myself that it can always be worse. I love your questions. I like that your blog makes me think about something other than the stresses of life mentioned above. Thank you. :)

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  13. I think the definition changes as time moves on for me. Ideally my idea of a full life is to have a life filled with good people, good memories and good challenges. Hope you all had a great weekend. And how stinkin' adorable is KLV Claus?! SO adorable!!

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