Contributing in a meaningful way.
At one time in my life I really did feel the need for some sort of concrete, outside, validation of my worth. I felt underappreciated as a "housewife" and went questing for an outside job where, at the end of each two week period, I received monetary proof of my value. For nearly nine years I worked primarily for that confirmation of my value to society. Sure the money was a nice perk, and quite necessary at the time, but looking back I can truly say that my motivation was more one of improved self-esteem and a feeling of contributing in a meaningful way.
I've been Unemployed By Choice now for over a year and I am LOVING it. Yesterday I had a big aha moment. I realized that in following my bliss and contentedly caring for my family I am providing a peaceful and loving environment for them. I AM "contributing in a meaningful way" even if a paycheque is not the end result.
And at the end of the day, I still have the time and energy to be creative! Ahhhh, BLISS.