Purposeful Living

Why are you reading this?  If you don’t know, please stop and think about it.

We tend not to think very much.  Of course, there are some of us who think too much and end up on Looney Tunes, but for the most part – I think it’s safe to say we tend to drift through our days on auto-pilot, or what some of us might call zombie-mode. Even if we are consciously operating from a list or making decisions, we still don’t take the time to answer the “Why?” question.

The “Why?” question can be scary and daunting – but have no fear!   You have the power to ask the question and you have the power to answer it.  The question remains, “Why are you reading this?”

We are all on a quest for Truth.  We want to understand.  Yet, many of us accept that the answer is as obvious as watching television and doing whatever we want.  We either consider Truth vastly beyond us and never seek to understand, or it is a rudimentarily mundane question that requires no further thought.  Truth is whatever we want it to be, right?  Whatever we believe is our own personal truth.

But…is what you currently believe as truth yielding what you think is the maximum enjoyment out of life that you are worthy of?  We all like to have fun, or perhaps better put, be happy, yet our standards for fun and happiness differ from one another.  Some of us think watching television is fun, while others love to explore the Creation.  Which of the two options do you think is better?

As Dr. Seuss once said, “It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.”  There are so many different ways to have fun, yet we can all agree that some are better than others.  Certainly fun derived from walking is superior to fun derived from injuring animals.  How do you like to have fun?

Allow me to let you in a little secret…Life is fun!  If you want to have fun, it is yours.  Just make the choice!  Every moment we are blessed with a breathe we can be having a great time.  It is ours.

Of course, to have fun, we must give fun.  I read a quote the other day that said, “All the world is your mirror,” and as I moved through the day I couldn’t help but experience how the positive energy I shared with other people always reflected back to me.

Just as we can have fun right now, so too can we be happy – it is all up to us!  We internally create our state of wellbeing.  As Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  Think the best and experience the best!

Why are you reading this?

Answer your “Why?” question, and don’t hold yourself back!  We were miraculously blessed with life, and it makes sense that we take time to answer important questions regarding life.  I think we’ll all agree that we are not here to zombie-mode through the world.  Rather, we are to be awake, present, and loving.

Why are you reading this? Why are you going to stop reading this?  Truth is out in the world.  We cannot just read about Truth – it is an experience.  Go out into the world and allow experience to answer the questions.  And, for Heaven’s sake, ask the questions!  Don’t spend today mindlessly watching television and withering away on a couch.  Escape your virtual world and embrace the beauty of the natural world.  Beauty is all around us if we look for it.

p.s.  On a somewhat related note, in this moment I am pondering a road-trip to Cincinnati.  Of course, I lent my friend my car this morning and he has yet to return. Hopefully he does, but if not that would make the road-trip a bit more difficult.  Regardless, driving is never a guarantee.  We can never know when our lives might come to an end, but what we can do is live each day like it’s our last and have no regrets.  It is great when we remember that we are always free to express our love and gratitude for others.

Speaking of which…well I guess it’s kind of obvious now…but…I love you!  You are an amazing person, full of incredible energy and tremendous capacities to love and give and grow for the rest of your life.  I want the best for you, and if there is anything you think I can do for you, please let me know.  Hallelujah!

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2 thoughts on “Purposeful Living

  1. Totally with you on enjoying the natural beauties of the world, but you are falling in relativism when you say “Whatever we believe is our own personal truth”…. You are confusing truth with likings, preferences or beliefs…. Truth is objective: if “2+2=4” is a truth, then “2+2=3” is untrue, whether you like it or not.

    • Since when does 2+2=4? Oh yea, you’re right. Numbers are weird though. Nevertheless, you are right and there are definitely objective truths like mathematics and science. I think there are also subjective truths that exist as well, which basically come down to personally beliefs that govern our actions and perception of the world. Steve Pavlina helped me understand a lot after browsing a few of his articles. If you want to, check it out at http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2007/09/subjective-reality-simplified/

      In the meantime, Peace! Hope you’re pumped up for an exciting school year. Woohoo!

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