Do you ever wonder how you fit in to the universe and why amongst millions and millions of people why you are here? How do you stand out? How do you make a difference?
Also how do you measure your contribution? Is it enough to touch one person’s life, 10 people’s life, a 100 or do you have to change the world?
Many will go through life without ever asking this question, nothing wrong with that but if you have asked this question then read on. This is for those of us who have taken time out from our daily grind to ponder the mystery of life.
Everyone makes a difference by being here; you make a difference to the people in your world. Imagine a world without you, it may not come to a halt or give rise to a mass of outpouring of grief like Princess Diana’s death, but think about your friends, your family, the people you see every day, how they would they feel? Think of the people you have come across and the impact, however small, you have had on their lives.
You maybe still thinking that you could do more, that although you are busy and life’s hectic, your life seems lack meaning, or something is still missing, maybe it’s time to contemplate on what it is you here to do. I know it can be difficult, when you have a full time job, a family, there’s never enough time in the day to stop and just to think. How many of us truly stop and think about the bigger picture, the reason of existence?
Many of you reading this article will be thinking that you don’t have the luxury of taking time out, as you have a job to do, a family to look after etc. In life there are always going to challenges and one of the biggest to overcome is the lack of time. The challenge is to be able to transcend the demands of modern life and look beyond what has been created by society. Are we all sheep following the herd or are we going to challenge the status quo and question why we do certain things and why we are caught up in chasing meaningless goals. A lot of us, myself included get caught up in the materialism cycle trying to amass a bigger house, a better car, etc in doing so we forget the true essence of who we are. We become drones of society, going to a 9-5 existence, performing tasks like a robot because we feel we have no other choice. We have given away our freedom so that we can be comfortable. I am not saying jack in your job and spend all day, everyday contemplating life. This would lead to hardship, as a realistic I understand we need a job to feed ourselves and maintain the roof over our heads.
What I am saying is, some of us have jobs and lifestyles that we can afford to down size, our lives could be simpler if we just make a different choice. How much money do we really need to survive and even to be comfortable? Do you remember a time when you were a student and you could easily survive on a few thousand a year and now you are struggling on 10 times that amount? I believe it’s all relative, humans are able to adapt, and we are able to bend our needs according to our circumstances.
The more you have the more you get attached to, I am not saying that to pursue a spiritual life you have to give up the comforts of life and sacrifice your life and live in wilderness. Far from it, what I am trying to say is that, it’s good to take time out to meditate and contemplate. If you think about it, most projects that you embark on have some sort of a plan, a blue print of what you are going to achieve and how you are going about achieving it, but life seems to be some sort of random accident that we just seem to go on day by day. Society is one big illusion that we all have somehow bought into; we have attached our happiness to material goals and forgotten the true nature of who we are. Maybe it’s time to go back, back to our natural state, to discover who we are and what we are here to do?
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