What is the meaning of life? A visceral question with an open ended answer. Answers that have been dressed up to be a range of things, but when you strip all those philosophically savvy enlightenments down to their core, you are left with a very fundamental idea. The meaning in life we strive for is to give our life meaning.
Examine the pattern a bit more closely and you will see a commonality in the ‘how’ of this cause. In order to create meaning in the life of one, we make it about others. I do not think that is coincidence that just as we strive to discover our purpose here, our purposes revolves around helping the lives of others.
Even if our purpose feels buried under our jobs, our chores, our responsibilities – it’s still there, it still exists. And we can use everything we do on a daily basis to help leverage our purpose.
Instead of looking those things as obstacles to fulfillment, what if you saw them as tools to become more fulfilled.
Life is the filter we use to look at it.
Close your eyes and think of the color red. Really think about it. Its tone, its vibrance. Now open your eyes and look around. Chances are, any of the red things in the room stood out.
What if we substituted the color red with a belief, say, there is great opportunity in everything you do, and instead of looking around the room you are in you look at the life you are living. What would you see then?
Take a look at this.
The first time people see this video (myself included) they cannot believe what they had missed. ”How could something like that go unnoticed,” we wonder. Had we actually been looking for moonwalking bears we would have very well seen it immediately. But, instead we were told to focus on the other stuff.
The reality of your world is largely what you focus on. And so why not focus on bringing the meaning of your purpose to life. It does not have to wait till your an adult, or till you land your dream job, or till your retired. It is a process, a constant evolution, that wants to happen every single day of your life.
Instead of holding off on fulfillment until the conditions are just right, why not entertain the thought of holding your purpose right up to your eyes and using it to see any little opportunity at any single moment?