vita activa

‘Vita activa’, a life of action.  Living a life of resolve always pushing forward with vigor and intention is what some people do without thinking about.   For others living a full life takes energy that they aren’t willing to commit and as a result life seems to sail by as they ask themselves, “Why is life passing me by?”

For some the focus on action leaves little time to see the world, to see themselves or anyone else and as a result the important things in life, the meaning in life, slips away.

Living at the extremes means something is usually given up.   Living the life of constant action might remove the meaning of life.   A life filled with contemplation might provide a profound sense of meaning yet without action there is little to show.

Living in ‘vita activa’ might satisfy the outer purpose yet does little to satisfy the inner purpose, the meaning behind the doing.   

What is your life like right now?   What is your life filled with?

2 responses to “vita activa

  1. Coach:

    I was once asked by a newspaper reporter, “What is it about other people that attract you to them?” I thought about it for a moment and then answered, “Passion!” I think this is such an important quality for someone to have in order to live an enjoyable and meaningful life.

    My son has asked me how he can know what to do with his life. I told him to figure out what God has given him a passion for and then pursue it with all the energy He gives him.

    I think this is part of the formula for living a fulfilled life…

    Sheriff Ray Nash
    Police Dynamics Institute

    • Part of the challenge is finding out where the real passion lies. It is easy to follow the murmurs of the heart or the path of reason and end up not where the passion is, but the momentary bliss is.

      May the journey to passion be sweet tasting, may the results be long lasting.

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