Monday, May 25th, 2009
It has been said that our ultimate concern in life is to avoid pain and to gain pleasure. I respectfully disagree with this affirmation. My opinion is that our main concern is neither to gain pleasure nor to avoid pain but rather to discover a meaning to our lives. How do we find meaning to our lives? Great question…
First of all, our lives are so individualized that their meanings are also unique to each one of us. Second of all, the situations in our lives are constantly changing. What I mean by these two statements is that, to find the meaning of our lives, we need to first look inside ourselves and ask questions that are pertinent to our lives and not to that of others. The answers only fit us, our passions and our mission. The second statement has to do with finding a meaning to our lives by finding a meaning to the present moment we are living. It’s about asking questions then and there, finding out the why – an aim – for our lives. The meaning of life differs from person to person and from moment to moment.
Ultimately, it’s all about understanding the present moment as being your life’s meaning. Taking ownership of every second of our lives, constantly seeking to live a life that is aligned with our passions and with our desire to contribute, simply overflows our lives with meaning. Learning that even our suffering has a meaning, allows us to see that when we accept a challenge, we are presented with an opportunity to go deeper and perhaps discover the true meaning of our lives. A challenge forces us to live in the present, to worry about it, and to even forget about the future or the past in order to focus on its solution.
Explore, ask and look for your own answers! No one else can find them but you.
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how” Nietzsche.