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medium_8744449569I’m a big fan of self-help books, and online conferences that can help you be a better you.

I think some people think those conferences or self-help books will lead them to a better life — a different life.

But I think the best ones lead you, really, to your very own life — and they help you to discover, in your own life, the things you were looking for in a different one: meaning, service, joy.

Glennon from Momastery says, “(Some) experts tell us: Get started! BEGIN TODAY! Your life awaits! START! Maybe the experts should be saying: Look! You’re already started. Your life is beautiful. Well done. Carry On!”

I think she’s right. Often, the meaning & purpose we’re looking for when we’re looking for a different life, or daydreaming about what could be or what would have been, is right in front of us in our own lives.

So let’s listen to Glennon some more here:

Just for a moment today- put on your perspectacles and look at your own life. You’ve probably got someone to love, some good work to do, some people who count on you, something beautiful to look at. If you have all that and a little bit of chocolate, too- you’ve already got it all.

“That’s it, you guys. Life need get no “bigger” than that.

“Don’t become so concerned with creating a life of meaning that you forget you already have one.”

You are enough, just as you are, and without doing anything more. And you have meaning in your life.

You can read more here.

photo credit: Lotus Carroll