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The Meaning of Life

August 4th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

When I was a young adult, the focus of my life was a lot different.  I was young and I was going to live forever.  I felt like I was immortal, not just in the spiritual way, but that I would never grow old and feeble.  I guess, what I am saying, is that I wasn’t so concerned with my “purpose” because I had so much time left.

The older I get, the more I realize that my purpose for my life is what I make it and why I am here.  My purpose here is not to “just have fun” like so many people and advertising agencies would like you to believe.  Life is more than that.  We all live interconnected lives.  We don’t live only for ourselves.  As I mature in life I realize that God gave us the emotion of happiness as a way of recognizing when we are moving in the right direction.  When something makes us happy, we want to do it again.  It is our souls way of giving us an “atta boy“.  You are being true to who you really are.

But is happiness what it’s all about?  I believe when we chase happiness, just like anything else it can elude us.  We are told by society that We are suppose to be “happy“.  So many things are sold to us to “make us happy” or cure us from unhappiness.   If we aren’t happy and we are depressed, then let’s change that by taking this pill.  I am not knocking depression.  Far from it.  I have been in spots in my life where I was extremely depressed.  But, in our chasing of happiness, do you think that we could possibly mistake the desire to be “happy” as our souls way of trying to find the need to be fulfilled?

When we pursue personal development or self improvement what are we wanting to accomplish?  Is it a desire to become better and grow closer to our own fulfillment? 

Have you ever noticed that we aren’t always willing participants in what life dishes out?  People react differently when life knocks them down.  Little did we know, when we are going through our tough times, there are people watching how we handle ourselves.  We can live our lives like an inspiration or we can choose to live it in quiet desperation.  I don’t know about you, but I want to leave a mark on humanity even if it is just a small group of people in my family.  I want the world to be a better place because I was here.

My grandmother was an inspiration to me.  She taught me so many things just by being the person that she was.  She has been gone now for over 30 years, but her legacy lives on through the values I saw her living.  She always kept this saying on her refrigerator.  The refrigerator is the message center of our lives.  It holds numbers we need to keep handy, pictures we want everyone to see and messages that says “this mean something to me“.  After her death I have read it many many times.  When I was younger I valued this saying because it was something of hers.  As I grow older, I value it because of what it says to me.  It is now very brittle and yellow and the words have become very faint.  I would like to share it with you. 

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. 
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. 
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. 
To wear a cheerful countenance of all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
 Christian D. Larson

As I grow older, the words mean even more to me.  Life can be an inspiration if you choose to live it that way.  I have included this amazing YouTube video for you about Team Hoyt.  When the video is over, leave me a comment on what value you found in the video and in this post.  Life is meant to be shared!

 Click here for the video!

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