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Friday, August 17, 2012

Meaning of life vs. purpose of life: The discovery...

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. 
You will never live if you
are looking for the meaning of life.”
~Albert Camus

This morning, I awoke suddenly around 5am and started to think about and examine the day I just left behind. I just celebrated my son’s 13th birthday…
7 hours prior, I was in my living room with my brother, sister in law, and their 2 “adult” children, waiting patiently on “the hubby” to get back from picking up the birthday boy and his “crew” from a late showing of “ Batman: The Dark Knight.”
“Wow” I said, while waiting and getting the cupcakes ready with the 13 candles. I then went into a little monologue; “Jay is 13!!! I don’t know if I’m more amazed by that realization, or by the fact that I, Rose, am a/the mother of a 13 year old…I remember myself at 13… I remember myself at 18, at 21 and no… I would have never imagined this life I have; that this life I’m living was going to be …” Then I looked at my sister-in-law (who knows me since my early teenage years) and asked, “Would you have ever imagined?”
So I woke this morning and tweeted, “The meaning of life is to understand you will never know its true meaning until the end of your journey. Be ready for your discovery. #LIFE” I read my tweet over and over, thought about it a little more, than I followed up with another tweet, “The meaning of your life will be the summary of all “meanings” you found and lived thru your life. It is the combination of purposeful moments.”
In my thought process (between the 2 tweets), I realize that there is a difference between finding one meaning of life and finding meanings in one’s life…

Who we are today is far different than who we were yesterday. Trying to define and call out the meaning of our life’s journey (including the tomorrows to come) is limiting ourselves and preventing growth and discovery of all the many possibilities.

What we also need not to confuse, is the difference between the meaning of our lives and the purpose of our lives. As I said earlier, my belief is that we won’t truly know the meaning of our life until we come to the end of it and balance out our life’s check book. The purpose of our life seemingly is something we are able to determine, choose, and apply so we can have direction (i.e.: if you feel like your purpose is to serve God, you will gear up your life toward anything theological… if you feel your purpose is to heal and save lives, you will focus your life on medical goals…if you feel like your purpose is to teach and educate, you will concentrate your life on pedagogy, etc.).
Someone’s purpose might have been to protect their country but I don’t believe that if they die while doing so, that was their purpose in life; to die. However, I believe that was their destiny. I said in a previous post that our fate and destiny has been long written for us, and our journey is to uncover and live our assignment. 

“There are powers far beyond us, plans far beyond what we could have ever thought of, visions far more vast than what we can ever see on our own with our own eyes, there are horizons long gone beyond our own horizons. This is courage- to throw away what is our own that is limited and to thrust ourselves into the hands of these higher powers- God and Destiny.” ~C.JoyBell C.

Life is truly a discovery. If I circle things back to me… I know that this moment in time is a moment that I may have pictured for me as a generalisation of anyone’s normal course of life (getting married, having kids…) however, I could have NEVER imagined the events I encountered, the hurdles and challenges I did overcome, and the blessings that were poured into me. All those things gave me purpose to exceed, meanings for “what is now” and “why now”, the knowledge of the “next” is to come, and the ultimate anticipation of the sum of it all…
MY take on one’s meaning of life is the accumulation of a series of random events entrenched in numerous and different circumstances that befall our path (which we don’t have any control on their occurrences). The way we deal, accept, use, live and resolve them is what ultimately shapes our lives and defines our bottom line. I like to believe that we are all here to make a difference in some way, when we apply ourselves. However, to sum up that difference, the impact of it can’t be measured until the end of our ability to process and react.
Find an interest; build it into a purpose which will then give direction in finding meanings in your life. THE meaning of your life will be the combination of all the outcomes…

When I entered “what is the meaning of life?” in my search bar, it just highlighted to me how eclectic and subjective this answer can be…

So I ask you, why are we here? What's life all about? And what is the meaning of it all?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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