“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it!”
How wonderful it is when you can feel “supremely satisfied,” as Margaret Thatcher put it. For me, every evening I assess my day to evaluate how productive I was. When I feel a bit anxious as I try to fall asleep, I know that I could have done better. If I can relax and feel content, then I know I spent my time doing meaningful things, which makes me feel calm and at peace.
I realize that we all need time to relax in front of the TV; time to de-stress after a difficult day at work or taking care of other business. But when we end up sitting in front of the TV nearly every day, or mindlessly web surfing for hours, watching videos online, or playing games on Facebook, eventually you’ll get stuck in a deep behavioral rut that can feel impossible to climb out of.
Personally, I feel like the more we follow the path of least resistance, the more out of alignment we become from doing things that make us feel satisfied in life. I can’t predict what that activity is for you, but if you’re like me, when you’re life is off track, you can feel it as a general anxiety, which eventually becomes periods of sadness, depression or a sense of feeling unhappy or dissatisfied with your life.
The quote above expresses what I think is a secret to feeling more satisfied in life. But, in contrast to that, so are your feelings of anxiety or depression, because these are signals that tell you when you’re off track. Think about the message in the quote. Think of your own examples of days when you did feel supremely satisfied at the end. I’m pretty sure that sitting in front of the computer screen watching videos for hours doesn’t feel nearly as satisfying as days when you had a lot to do, and you were disciplined and focused enough to get through it all. At the end of the day, you may feel like it was a crazy day, but when you think of how much you got done, how can you not feel a sense of accomplishment? How can you not feel supremely satisfied?
It’s become so plainly clear to me that discipline, being organized, and accomplishing meaningful tasks on a regular basis most certainly raises your level of satisfaction in life and increases your overall happiness. So if you’re not feeling good about where you are in life, you may want to print out this quote and use it to remind you that there might be better ways to spend your time. The choice is always yours.
What’s your opinion? Do you feel more satisfied at the end of a really busy day on which you’ve accomplished a lot?