So, for the past week or so I've been constantly turning over in my mind his first point, that my life has purpose and meaning. My very existence has touched the lives of many people and enriched some of them. (I had to stop myself from insert "hopefully" there.)
My perfectionism wants to blow this out of proportion, and as I've been thinking I've found I have to constantly remind myself that this doesn't mean:
- that every day, hour, or minute of my life has to have purpose or meaning
- that I don't need to do some grand, amazing thing with my life to create that purpose or meaning
- that it's perfectly okay if the bulk of what I did in my life is behind me, and I lead a quiet existence taking care of myself for a while, or even the rest of my life if I'm so inclined
It would be helpful if I can make a habit or routine out of each point so that I can integrate the principles of happiness into my life. For this one I've settled on a habit that I will try at least for a week, and see how it goes; I will email one person each day that I haven't communicated with in a while. I'll pick people whose lives I think I've enriched; I do a good job already of remembering to send emails at intervals to people who have been important to me, but I don't look the other direction. To help it become a habit I've picked a time to do it - right after the baby goes down for his first nap of the day, because it's quiet then - and I've got a box on my Unschedule for the week so I can see my line of unbroken Xs.
So... baby's down for his nap... someone will be getting an email from me within minutes!