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I took on a new work position last month, and with that change, brought on a new manager. Heâ€™s one of those managers who makes you want to work harder, whoâ€™s well-respected, successful, and is one of the reasons why Iâ€™m back enjoying my job again. (Oh, and canâ€™t forget to mention heâ€™s Catholic, so even more reasons to like the guy!).
At a sales meeting a few weeks back, he handed out a book to my colleagues and me, prefaced it by saying heâ€™s not much of a business book kind of guy, but had the opportunity of meeting the author and wanted to pass the book along. Instantly, I was intrigued and have since found this book to not only be an aid in my professional life, but in my personal life as well.
Case in point: â€œWhat in your life has given you the greatest fulfillment?â€
Thatâ€™s the question I pondered while reading the 10th chapter of the book, â€œPower Questions: Build Relationship, Win New Business, and Influence Others.“Â The author challenges us to use this question to develop a deeper personal connection with a colleague or client, or even a friend or family member.
I stopped and thought about how I would answer that question. And then I stopped again, and thought harder. And then again. I was stumped for a bit. I have had a lot of great things happen in my (short) 30+ years here on Earth, but I was getting fulfillment confused with happiness. Fulfillment, as the author puts it, reflects a state of completeness, wholeness, and creates a sense of deep satisfaction.
And then it finally clicked for me — my faith. My faith is what has given me the greatest fulfillment in my life. Of course!
I confidently can say that, as I know that my Catholic faith has indeed made me feel complete, whole, and gives me so much satisfaction (and grace, I might add) for complete fulfillment. My faith has allowed me to develop relationships with people I might not have ever met before, whoâ€™ve taught me how to love and to forgive. Itâ€™s what keeps me grounded and always seeking and working to be the best version I can be. Itâ€™s provided me with a love for the Saints and Our Lady and a better understanding of what a sacramental marriage is to be. My faith has given me the strength to ride out the tough waves of life and it is what gives me the confidence of knowing that one day, I will be reunited with my father in Heaven.
I have indeed experienced fulfillment. Thanks be to God for the fullness of my faith!
What in your life has given you the greatest fulfillment?