When we first embark on the quest for human fulfilment we think this means the realization of our desires.
So what is essentially a spiritual quest becomes a search for pleasure.
When we realize that pleasure does not always bring fulfilment we begin to see a deeper perspective of life.
The things that are fulfilling are the things of love - relationships, family, children.....
Work and achievement, creative activity all pale into insignificance when compared to love.
"And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians: 13:2 (NRSV)
The "pursuit of happiness" which is enshrined in the American Declaration of Independence is usually a quest for pleasure and possessions.
It is ironic indeed that our personal fulfilment comes from unselfishness and becoming more other oriented.
(Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.)