A part of my business goals in 2014 is to read more. I challenged myself to read one book a month. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but I am the type of reader that reads five different books at a time and slowly reads them all. Do you know someone else who does that?
The book I will finish in January is A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future by Daniel H. Pink. I heard about it when I was in college and it sparked my interest. The book is about history and how we use our right brain and our left brain for different things. It makes a correlation between our thinking and what we do as an occupation. The book goes into six senses to help awaken your right brain thinking through design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning.
For today’s Friday Focus, I wanted to share some right brain thoughts on Meaning.
“The search for meaning is a drive that exists in all of us and a combination of external circumstances and internal will can bring it to the surface.” -Daniel H. Pink
Whatever we call it (Meaning) — the “Fourth Great Awakening,” “Post-materialist” values, “meaning want” — the consequences are the same. Meaning has become a central aspect of our work and our lives. Pursuing meaning obviously is no simply task. You can’t buy a cookbook with the recipe for it — or open a packet of powder and add water and stir. But there are two practical, whole-minded ways for individuals, families, and businesses to begin the search for meaning: start taking spirituality seriously and start taking happiness seriously.
“I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So I think the very motion of life is towards happiness.” -The Dalai Lama
“We are born for meaning, not pleasure unless it is pleasure that is steeped in meaning.” -Jacob Needleman
“You’re not going to find the meaning of life hidden under a rock written by someone else. You’ll only find it by giving meaning to life from inside yourself.” -Dr. Robert Firestone
If you LIKE my business page on Facebook, you will see a common thing happening on Fridays I call a “Friday Focus”. The topic varies by what you suggest or what comes to mind. My goal is to help YOU, the reader, to take away something valuable than you may not have considered before. If you want to contribute to an upcoming Friday Focus, please leave me a comment and we can make it happen.