What is the purpose of my life? It’s a difficult question that I began pondering about a few of years ago. For some, this question may seem disturbing and even frightening to reflect upon. However, is it not imperative that such a question be asked? Does life not require a deeper meaning than that conferred by the simple routine of “getting up, going to work… going to bed and so on and so forth”? Is it possible to live our life without being more than just the work we do? This is why I’ve always hated the often asked question “What do you do for a living?”, as if our existence is somehow summarized by the job we hold.
For a small minority among us, it may be possible that their life takes its full meaning from their occupation. Think of doctors, nurses or teachers for instance, but how about the rest of us? What about a worker that exercises the same repetitive and monotonous functions throughout the day for example? Does that work represent the only facet of his being?
After reflecting upon these questions, I understood that, even if my work was most rewarding, I would need to become completely fulfilled. To do so, I decided to embark on this great adventure of contributing to ensure that as many people as possible ask themselves questions of real importance in the same way I did and that I continue to do so. It is for that reason, among others, that I decided to start this blog as well as in the hope that one day it would lead to a career as a keynote motivational speaker. Finally, my life is beginning to take its full meaning.
So once again, what is the meaning of life? In order to even be able to begin answering this, we must first learn to know ourselves better, to see our true selves without a mask. We should also learn to understand ourselves better as people, to understand how our bodies and brains work. Certain new findings in Quantum Physics, for example, are beginning to shed new light on this subject. This is what I intend to further explore in future articles in the “appreciation and understanding of self” category. By doing so, we will be able to discover what the true meaning of our life really is. (If you want to learn more about Quantum Physics in the meantime, I encourage you to visit the following link for a great documentary style theatrical movie available on DVD at http://amzn.to/fXqeDB).
Finally, as you gradually advance on your personal journey towards fulfilment you will probably discover certain affinities, certain strengths of which you were previously unaware. Therefore, little by little, you will begin to fulfill yourself by means other than those imposed upon you by society or as part of your role attribution in the workplace.
I will leave you for now with a thought which, I hope, will find a place in your discourse/reflection: “What we live from is not as important as what we live for”.
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