We’re all constantly looking for these, yet we often don’t take adequate care to define these ideas that drive our lives.
In addition to being largely unexamined, the images we carry about what these mean are often not even our own. Perhaps they’re held over from a previous season of our lives. Or they’re little bits of someone else’s advice or interest that burrowed in especially deep.
It’s worth surfacing these ideas from time to time and really sitting with them. Are they still current? Are they attainable? If attained, will they prove satisfactory — or will we simply move the goalposts again?
We own our ideas, or they own us. A simple distinction, but not an easy one.