“What’s the meaning of life?”
“What is it all about?”
“What is my purpose?”
“Is this all there is?”
These questions plague us incessantly.
For some, it creates a dull discomfort in the back of their mind that drives them to find a distraction, maybe in t.v. or video games, food, work, drugs or alcohol. For others, it develops into a profound sense of loneliness and hopelessness that prompts them to stop trying and lower their expectations.
All around us people are sad, anxious, angry, hurt, addicted, and lacking direction because they haven’t found the meaning of life– as if it’s a place that can be arrived at with your picnic basket in time to enjoy the sunset.
Meaning is not a place. Meaning is not a goal. Meaning is a result. And it results from meaningful actions.
If our work and our daily actions are meaningful….
If we experience meaningful encounters with other people….
If we transcend our own struggles to help others….
Then we are living the meaning of life.
The question, “What is the meaning of life?” can serve to remind us that the sands in our hourglass are rushing out and that we must act now before we lose our chance.