Chasing the Wind- Reorienting Your Goals

In last week’s Monday Message I mentioned my own tendency to gain self approval only upon reaching goals with constantly moving targets. I know for a fact I’m not alone in this; natural human tendencies leave us always striving to do more, whether it be mechanization, invention, or just overall growth.

This is ESSENTIAL to fuel worldly progress.  Communities would collapse in on themselves if humans just stagnated in growth and stopped making efforts to improve themselves and each other. But many people, especially those identified as “Type A- people”, center their entire life around this never ending pursuit of goals. These goals quickly multiply in intensity and the amount of labor they require from people. Constantly chasing these goals can lead us to a state of exhaustion and permanent dissatisfaction with ourselves and our lives.Chasing the Wind- Reorienting Your Goals

The Book of Ecclesiastes talks about our labor on earth and what it really means. The Author of the Book contemplates the ephemeral nature of work and how working for ‘things’ is grounded in vanity. The Author even suggests that the pursuit of knowledge is grounded in vanity, which is directly contrary to the Word of God in the Quran that mandates humans to pursue knowledge. Although Ecclesiastes is a difficult book to interpret and fully grasp, (it was written by a human, after all), there are some gems within this book that I think many of us can relate to and apply in our own lives.

“All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied” (Ecclesiastes 6:7) .

Like we just talked about, we are NEVER satisfied! It applies both in a purely biological sense (we get hungry eventually even after a big thanksgiving dinner) and in a figurative sense (we can finally get that purse we’ve been lusting over but satisfaction from it will quickly dissipate when its thrill wears off).

So if we go about our lives centered on chasing things that we THINK will bring us satisfaction, we will be trapped in a never ending marathon course that is just an infinite series of loops. When we really take a minute to consider what we are chasing after and WHY, we can centralize our goals and our own purpose.

The only goalpost that is unwavering in position, unable to move up some hierarchy, is the one that you need to revolve your life around. These goals are the ones that seem to be too broad and unspecified because they aren’t things you can check off of a list.  For me, my overall goal in life is to help people and always be with God. I really can’t imagine getting anything more than that. My pursuit of this goal influences my everyday actions, career choice, and expectations I put on myself.

Often, I let this overarching goal be overshadowed by smaller goals that give me temporary but fleeting satisfaction. This year, I am challenging myself to no longer do that. I will continue making and having goals ranging in size and subject…. but there is only ONE goal that I will allow to override everything else. The pursuit of this goal, the chase of it, is the one thing that is constant in my life.

What are you chasing after in life? If you find yourself often chasing the wind, you’re not alone. Recognize and prioritize YOUR overarching goal. Let it be your constant in life.

Hi Y’all! My name is Zahra and I’m a 19 year old college student passionate about growing spiritually, learning endlessly, and living healthfully. I love to express my deepest sentiments and ponderings through writing. I thank you for reading my words; I hope they nourish your soul!

December 11, 2017
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  • Reply Shannon L

    I have spent many years chasing the wind, faith is a grounding element. I love how this is written, beautiful post.

    December 13, 2017 at 8:19 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      Thank you so much Shannon, that means a lot to me <3

      December 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    So good. I know I’ve been chasing the wind for many years. But, thanks to some quality coaching and plugging into that each day I am finally able to focus and go after what I really want. Thanks for sharing!

    December 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      That’s great to hear, Sarah! Love your blog 🙂

      December 13, 2017 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Susannah

    I feel like I”m finally in a place where I understand what’s important and what I want. It feels so good to let go of all of the unnecessary stuff!

    December 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm
    • Reply Zahra

      That’s awesome, Susannah! So liberating, right?!

      December 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Liz

    I feel like I am constantly chasing my goals. I’m one of those type-A people who are always striving for more. I try to make time to do a personal devotion each day but there are many a days that it doesn’t get done. You’re so right! We need to prioritize our time with God and have that be our #1 goal. I enjoyed reading your post!

    December 12, 2017 at 12:20 am
    • Reply Zahra

      A personal devotion each day is awesome! I just read a blog post today that talked about the power of actually writing down a conversation with God daily- sounds like a really cool practice. I’m so glad you enjoyed!

      December 12, 2017 at 12:40 am
  • Reply Anissa

    I know that I overextended myself based on where other people think I should be life. At this age, I’m learning to let it go and be present in this moment. Constantly chasing will never allow one to enjoy life.

    December 12, 2017 at 12:15 am
    • Reply Zahra

      I’m guilty of the same, but like you said, trying to mold to other peoples’ sculptures will never work and just leave you miserable!

      December 12, 2017 at 12:41 am
  • Reply fashion

    No need to aimlessly chase after things . Much healthier to create detailed goals and the path will open up for your dreams to come true! Safe travels along the journey of life! 🙂

    December 11, 2017 at 11:52 pm
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