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Can there be any meaning to life?

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Can there be any meaning to life? Why were we put on earth? Are we just biological creatures to make a number in the world? How significant is our lives? Or are we caught in an activity driven trap? How valuable are we to the world? If we had never existed will the world fare better or will it get worse? Who am I? What was I born to do? Can there be an answer to these vital questions that all humans seek?

Every day the graves open its mouth to receive a great number of people who had never had a glimpse of discovering the reason behind life. Unfortunately, they lived an unfulfilled life and died in a wasted existence. Their lives never mattered at all. What an incredible lost to humanity. At the fundamental base of all human challenges lies the mind-boggling, age-long question, asking, “Why am I here?”

Every human being has an inward and compulsive desire to live a life of significance. The rich and poor alike, the king and the peasant both are part of this grappling search. Moreover, wealth, position, power, and fame are desperately pursued by man in his search for a sense of importance on earth, even though many times, this search infringes on the welfare of others.

Throughout the pages of history, man’s existence has remained a puzzle to many and a mystery which is matched with the corresponding challenges that confront humans every day, as civilization faces an upward toll. This heart searching craving for significance is buried in purpose. Purpose is becoming who you were born to be; doing what you were created to do; having what you were created to have within a specific timeframe—that if well understood and harnessed could influence your generation and the generations yet unborn.

Purpose is discovering the specific problem that you were created to solve on the earth. Purpose is maximizing your time, energy, finances, and attention (focus) to impact positively on the lives of the people who have been assigned to you. You must realize that somebody desperately needs you. You are the answer to somebody’s problem. Purpose has two focal points which are character and contribution; investing in you and investing in others. You can’t make the most out of life until you have made the most out of yourself and you can’t give to others what you don’t have.

Therefore, character development is the foundation of a meaningful life. If you want to have a great marriage; a great career, great relationships with people; great talent; a great life then pursue character development above personality evolvement. You can transform your destiny, however, by imbibing value-based principles into your basic character. Principles such as integrity, humility, fidelity, simplicity, courage, patience, industry, temperance, modesty, and the Golden Rule will elevate your life from mediocrity to greatness.

It is vital to note that character development and contribution to life should be a lifestyle and not an event. And the surest way to develop character is to grow every day in unconditional love towards yourself and people; improve yourself daily. What do you love doing? What are your talents and abilities? What do you really care about? The answers to these questions is a signpost of your calling; your purpose.

Discover, develop, improve and build your life around it. Here’s the secret; focus on how to use your talents and gifts to enrich the lives of people; the more lives you enrich the richer you will be. Remember; focus on people and not on yourself or your gains. What grieves you? What triggers your compassion? What makes you weep? Is it poverty; abused and homeless children; battered wives; disease? These are pointers to what you were created to change.

What do you hate? What makes you angry? Is it injustice; corruption; abortion; poverty; sickness? These are indicators of what you were created to challenge, correct and conquer. If you had only six months to live, what will you do with your life? How will you spend your time and with whom will you spend it? What character qualities will you develop and manifest? How will you spend your finances?

What will be important to you? What dreams or goals will you pursue? The answer to these questions reveals your essence. Remember, every passing moment is a countdown to your departure on earth. Ponder on these words “One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, or what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of someone”.

 – Anonymous

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