I hope you enjoyed asking yourself the questions in yesterday’s blog and discovering the answers that are true for you. Today, I step it up to the next level, posing that question often pondered in times of introspection, reflection, meditation, and sometimes depression and despair, “What is the meaning of life?”
Questioning the Meaning of Life
Throughout my life, I’ve gone through periods where I question, “the meaning of life” in various ways.
- Why am I here?
- Am I living up to my full potential?
- What is the bigger picture?
In the past, my mood and the circumstances of my life have heavily influenced the answers to the questions above. Sometimes my answers have been hopeful and full of wonder and at other times I’ve been left with more of a sense of “why bother” or hopelessness.
Experience and Intuition
I’m grateful both for the wisdom that comes with experience (and age) and for the tools I have learned in developing my intuition as I ask myself these types of questions today. If I’m grounded, centered, and focused internally, the answers are more positive, loving, and hopeful. Even when I’m overwhelmed with the news of the day, I no longer feel hopeless in the face of this question. I find that when I pull waaaaaay back and just focus on myself (what I am doing, what I have to contribute, etc.), I am quite happy with the answers.
I think my malaise in the past came from a feeling that I was an interchangeable cog in the big system of life, instead of appreciating the uniqueness that is all me.
The more I appreciate myself for my uniqueness and the less I focus on comparing myself with others, the happier I am and the more content I am.
However, when I focus on external validation or comparison, I become less satisfied with the “meaning of life”.
That is the lesson I want to share with you, today.
The meaning of life is as unique as you are.