A friend of mine was feeling blue. She asked a group of friends*:
I’m going to have a forty-something birthday soon and I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything significant in my life. Do you guys feel like this?
I thought about it and replied:
Yeah, I feel this way sometimes. But the longer I live the more I feel that meaning comes less from the occasional big thing and more from the countless small moments. Am I consistently kind? Do I tend to leave a place or person better off than when I found them — even if just a little? Am I a person of integrity? From the long view, I think these things make for an accomplished and significant life.
What do you think makes for an accomplished and significant life? Are you living one?
* Published with permission of my friend.