What do you want?

What do you want? That’s probably one of the hardest questions we will ever have to ask ourselves. Often in the busyness of our lives, we never stop long enough to quiet our minds and search our hearts for the answer to this critical question.  Yet, if we don’t know what we want, we spend our lives on an endless treadmill chasing an abundance of things that don’t fill the longings of our hearts.

What do you want?  What do you want for yourself – in your relationships, career, and spiritual lives?  What do you want for your family?  Our visions for our families and relationships are unveiled, and the power of purpose and perseverance can be unleashed when we discover what we should really be striving for.  Clarified goals and effective tasks that align with the desires of our authentic selves are determined when we answer these questions.

As the new school year begins, I challenge you and every member of your family to clearly define what you want for yourselves, for your relationships and for your lives.  Dig deep inside your heart to answer the question.  Go beyond the proverbial “I want to be happy, successful or I want to make a difference.” and be specific.  Allow yourself to hope and dream.  Be honest with yourself. What do you want? Don’t settle for a quick superficial answer.   Should we be courageous enough to pursue it, our answer not only becomes the bullseye we aim for on a daily basis, but it also becomes the internal compass that guides our choices, decisions, and activities.

What are we working so hard for?  Will what we are doing now lead to what we really want?  Decide now, before the busyness of life and the demands of school, career, and society decide for you.