One of the things you learn as you grow and evolve as a person is that there is always more. More to learn, more to experience, more to give, and more to do. You continually become conscious of things you were unaware of prior and discover that this is an infinite process.
It is a challenge to find the balance between being present and grateful and pursuing greater. Entrepreneur and performance expert, Ed Mylett, has a great term for achieving this balance - Blissful Dissatisfaction. He uses the analogy of eating a great meal in which you can appreciate the taste of each bite, but the current one stokes your appetite and desire for the next one.
It is the pursuit, not the acquisition, where fulfillment lies
At one point in early adulthood, I came to realize there is so much knowledge available in the world, and I would only scratch the surface of acquiring it in my lifetime. At first this was a bit depressing to me. Maybe, you can relate or perhaps I'm just odd. But after this feeling passed, it sent me on a pursuit to grab every piece of wisdom and knowledge I can attain in my time here, a bit like a game show where they give you a shopping cart and give you two minutes to stuff as many items into the cart as you can.
I once heard someone say, "Happiness is making reasonable progress towards an attainable goal." It is the pursuit not the acquisition where joy and fulfillment lies. Everyone who is successful and fulfilled asserts this. However, it seems hard for us to fully buy into this at times due to the fact the pursuit can be riddled with so many challenges. Ultimately, life is about who we become not what we do or acquire. This is the ultimate prize.
Believe there is always a higher level
When you are younger, you believe you know so much and are so self-assured. The older I get, the more I say, "I don't know." I've told several of my clients, "The beginning of wisdom is to know I don't have it."
Keep pushing and growing. The more you experience the deeper things in life and achieve higher levels of consciousness the more your desire for each will increase. This will not lead you to become ungrateful and compulsive. The opposite is true. You will become more 'Blissfully Dissatisfied', humble, compassionate, and wise. Believe there is always a Higher Level to be had.
John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.
John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance.