The Meaning of Life

background-1517622_640Since time immemorial, philosophers, theologians, and songwriters have been providing truth seekers with hints into the meaning of life. Meaning and “truth” is subjective, of course, so it’s rarely a topic everyone will agree on.

You could easily fill a library with all the volumes of books that have delved into the mysteries of life, but sometimes the simplest answers are the most satisfying.

One song lyric that resonates with me was written by James Taylor in the mid 1970s. “The secret to life is to enjoy the passage of time.” To some people, that might seem overly simplistic, but to me, it conveys a world of meaning.

Acquiring the ability to enjoy the passage of time requires a sense of commitment, a peaceful environment, and the ability to quiet your thoughts. However, when you get in the habit of practicing present moment awareness and feelings of appreciation (gratitude), then sometimes the pieces of the puzzle seem to fall into place.

For many people, I believe the search for meaning and happiness  is elusive because every time they stumble upon a grain of truth — or a silo full of it — they think “It can’t be that simple!”

For those with a more religious or spiritual take on life, the “secret” to inner peace and meaning may be as simple as the saying “Let go and let God.”

I believe that simple truth can be laden with profound meaning, you just have to be willing to give it a chance.

Stay tuned to this blog for more insights, observations, and simple truths.

BTW… It’s good to be a seeker of truth, but don’t look too hard. The answers are hiding in plain sight!

Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts.

I wish you peace and light.

— Joel

 

 

 

 

Tips For Taking Charge of Your Life

girl-2573111_640Problems, adversity, and frustrations can sometimes (but not always) be “blessings in disguise.” Frustrations, mistakes, defeats, and setbacks can inspire you to mentally step back, reassess your situation, regroup, and devise a plan to make positive improvements and changes in your life.

Here are two things that I believe everyone needs to remind themselves of every day — if not every minute:

  • Personal responsibility: “I am responsible for the direction of my life,  the choices I make, the thoughts I think, the actions I take, the words I speak, and the path on which I walk in life. The future condition and quality of my life rests firmly on my shoulders and I’m not going to relinquish that control to anyone else. I’m also not going to waste time, energy, and opportunities by blaming someone else for my frustrations or problems.”
  • Continual forks in the road: Every moment in your life in a crossroads — an opportunity to change your direction, make new and different decisions, solve problems, break through barriers, and discover opportunities. As Deepak Chopra states in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, “You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.”

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Another philosophy that I find inspiring is that of Dr. Wayne Dyer (1940-2015), author of life-changing books like Your Erroneous Zones, The Power of Intention, You’ll See it When You Believe It, Your Sacred Self, and dozens of others.

One of his inspirational quotes that I frequently reflect on is “You don’t get what you want, you get what your are!”

What does that mean?

Well, here’s my interpretation of those wise words:

  • You get out of life what you put into it.
  • Our happiness, success, and the impact we have on the world is the result of the thoughts we cultivate, the personal values we live by, and the habits we develop. As creatures of habit, our individual and cumulative habits are what determine or destiny and shape our reality.
  • Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world — our “inner world” meaning our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, mental images, thought patterns, and the way we communicate with ourselves (both silently and out loud).

So in order to take charge of our lives and not allow external forces and influences to dictate the the content and quality of our lives, we need to be the “master of our fates and captains of our soul.”

In the poem Invictus, English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903) wrote those memorable words in the form of a powerful affirmation:

“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

Not a bad mantra to remember and repeat to yourself several times a day, every day!

I hope you’ve found this blog post to be both inspiring and thought-provoking.

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Peace and best wishes!

–Joel