An observation worth noting … and pondering:
Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is whatever
you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
So many of us struggle to find a purpose not just in our own lives but for Life itself. Why are we here? What’s “it” all about? What am I supposed to do?
These and related inquiries are the grandest ones of all, and there are countless suggestions and presumed one and only answers offered.
But as Joseph Campbell suggests, there is no meaning to Life save the ones we choose. It may sound a bit threatening or disheartening at first glance. You mean I have to figure it all out on my own? There is no reason, no purpose to or for anything? Seriously?! Well then …. what?
Consider that your life and Life itself need not be a struggle unless that’s what you choose. You are here and alive, blessed with a blend of talents and interests and desires and motivations unlike anyone else—ever! Use it all as you choose (or don’t)
Accept that the life you’ve been given is a gift to do with as you please. When you honor what lies highest and best within you, be assured that you are making an invaluable contribution to others no matter how it may be measured on the scales of success.
Do your part by being what you feel called to be and do. That’s your purpose and reason. Life Will Answer.
✼ an American writer and lecturer, best known for his work in mythologies and religion
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