A couple of weeks ago I lost the key to my mailbox. I have been searching for it everywhere. But it remains missing. That means whenever I hear or see the post office employee, book it to my mailbox so I can get the mail. In a way, it has been nice because I have gotten to know her a lot better. As I have spoken to her, I have come to know how much she dislikes her job. She’s not angry or bitter about having the job she has (it’s always good to be able to support yourself and anyone else that’s dependent on you) but it just is not what she wants to do with her life.
Have you ever had a job or been in a situation in life that was just not where you wanted to be? I have, and it’s not fun. It’s as if you’re whole being is screaming that you’re veering off the path that leads you to happiness and success. But sometimes you have no idea what else you could do or where you should be? You are filled with confusion.
In every aspect of your life, knowing yourself and knowing where you want to be is key to what path you should walk. A couple of years before I met my husband, I read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. That book changed my life. When I first heard about it, I thought it was just the newest fad book and did not pay attention. Then a friend challenged me to take the test. I already thought I knew what the answer would be, but I decided to give it a try. The result surprised me in a “wow, this is right but why didn’t I realize it” kind of way. It helped me understand the way I wanted my relationships to be; that learning about myself and being open to learning about those around me was vital to my happiness. I needed to know myself better in order to have that. The other lesson was that the answers to having a better life was not always something I could learn on my own. These lessons are one of the numerous reasons I love to read.
To walk the path of happiness, go listen and read the story of others. You cannot replicate their experiences or who they are, but you can learn from them and apply it to your own experiences and who you are. Below are a few books that I highly recommend that helped me figure out who I was, what I wanted to be, and how I wanted to live my life.
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton (You could get a free copy here before May 7th)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Are there any books, movies, or stories that helped you decide the path you wanted to travel? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.