To be a part of something counts for endless benefits. Being a part of something means that someone is counting on us for showing up, and is missing us when we are not there.
Not only does this form a bond and a sense of commitment, but it also builds a foundation, it becomes the reality we perceive ourselves as being a part of.
In this world of endless possibilities, all of this creates a sense of meaningfulness; that we belong in a context. Something that, if not encircled and defined, can make us feel unsettled and lost.
Happiness is something fleeting, we sense it for a moment and if we are lucky the feeling lasts a little longer before slowly fading. However meaning is enduring, it connects the passed to where we are now, and also link us to the future.
And as much as it is in the present that we find happiness, we also need the context to feel that we have meaning, that we belong somewhere.
When life is good, days unfold one after the other, and they might not each be extraordinary but
they all makes sense, and we feel connected and at ease because our lives are filled with meaning and moments of happiness.
But when life reaches those darker periods, when it is hard to understand why we should even leave the bed in the morning, beginning to value commitments and chores really can make us shift focus, even for a short period of time. This in turn can spark the energy we need to connect both with ourselves and to others around us.
By taking a piece of paper and jot down a few things that come to mind: of people that need you, and people that are counting on you, places you are recognized at, things that you have committed to, you are actually enveloping your life, mapping out what constitutes the closer connections of it.
These are all aspects of the meaning in your life.