What Is The Meaning of Life?

what is the meaning of life

 

What is the Meaning of Life?

This is one of those questions people often ask, especially when experiencing any one of the following situations:

  • Feeling down and out, unhappy and depressed
  • Feeling useless and worthless
  • Something awful just happened to you or someone you care about
  • You often wonder why “bad” things happen to “good” people
  • Wonder why there is so much hatred and violence in the world
  • You think answering this question will solve ALL of your problems…
Did you notice there aren’t any positive situations listed??? People don’t seem to ask when things are going well….I wonder why?

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As an aside, this question makes me think of the 1983 movie, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, which was, as some would say, not for the faint of heart or those who are easily offended but it had some hilarious, witty, and even some gross parts! Overall, from what I remember though, whether the movie really intended to make us ponder the meaning of life or not is debatable, but you have a good time watching it. :-)

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Sorry, I digress….

So here goes….you ready? I’m gonna answer this question for you once and for all…..(drumroll please…………………)

 

The meaning of life is_________

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EXACTLY THE MEANING YOU NEED IT TO BE! 

That’s it! Simple enough eh? I bet some of you won’t like this answer but, hey, don’t shoot the messenger :-)

So what do I mean by my soon-to-be-world-famous answer (copyright pending LOL)? Well, let’s expound briefly….

First of all, no one can answer this question for you. Don’t waste your money on psychics, $1000 courses, or the like for the answer to this question. Now, what the aforementioned can do for you is help you through a situation and direct you to do some self-reflection. If you REALLY listen to your inner self and learn what “feels right” to you, you’ll arrive at the answer you need at any given point in time!

Secondly, I don’t think any single answer can be commonly shared for everyone. Your life is for you to live and no one can tell you what’s “good” or “bad” or “right” or “wrong” for your life.

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As another aside, good and bad are terms I don’t want you to use anymore either. They are relative and carry with them so much negative connotation. Instead, keep in mind what works for you and what doesn’t. That will allow your conscious and subconscious minds to focus better on the situations in your life.

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Don’t trust me? Try it for yourself. Take some time to reflect on anything that’s going on in your life (positive or negative) and when you ponder this question (or questions similar like “what’s the purpose of life”), you’ll start to understand what I mean. Don’t think you have to come up with some profound answer either. Remember, life should be simple so your answers will be too!

I won’t charge you (this time) :-)

Honestly, in the end, I just think it’s not a best question anyone should ask of themselves. When people don’t get an answer, they feel lost when they don’t need to be and feeling lost can lead to a whole new slew of problems!

So Now What?

If I just had to answer this question, here are some things I would say (along with feedback from other awesome peeps I surveyed).

Life is:

  • …knowing that love is all that matters, focusing on the love for our work, our friends, our family, etc.
  • …simple so our job is to stop trying to make it complicated
  • …about forgiving others and not holding grudges (even against ourselves)
  • …understanding that we are all one and though we experience life differently, there is not much that really differentiates us from one another
  • …all about the experience 
  • …contributing value to society
  • …sharing joyful experiences with others
  • …remembering to slow down and savor each moment
  • …discovering what makes you happy and doing more of it
  • …what makes you come alive because when you stop, you die
  • …precious

I beg people to stop chasing an answer to this elusive question and use that time and energy to live your life fully!

I also contend there is no one “right” answer to this question nor can it ever be. In addition, understand that you, and only you, are free to make life what you want, create life how you please, and even change that creation as many times as you see fit!

Wayne Dyer On The Purpose Of Life

Wayne Dyer is one of my favorite authors and so I invite you to check out this quick video (~4 mins) of him giving his take on purpose (meaning) of life.

Over to you…

What do you want your life to mean? What do you think about this question overall? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Wassuper, it’s yo girl, Kesha and I believe we should Be the Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios because life is more interesting when you dare to be different! My personal mission is to enrich others’ lives through personal anecdotes, valuable resources, connection and inspiring messages. I also thrive on challenging what’s “normal” and encourage others to do the same. Learn even more about me and let’s connect!
  • http://www.KarmicKappuccino.com Steve Rice

    Love this, Kesha!

    The meaning of life is truly exactly what we decide it is. That’s the power of our creative strength. We’re able to choose the meaning of the circumstances which come to our lives.

    Love your thoughts on this! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      And thank you for your feedback Steve! It’s all in our decision to live life in whatever way we deem fun and exciting that makes life meaningful :-)

      ~Kesha

  • http://www.yathink.me Cheryl

    I trully enjoyed this post, Kesha.

  • http://www.adjuvancy.com/wordpress Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A.

    Love it!
    The meaning of life has a different definition for each of us- and it’s not a constant, either.
    The one certainty for me is to work to insure that my children can inherit and subsequently change a world that is better than the one I found when I realized what was going on.

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      Absolutely Roy! I want that for all of our children coming up these days (though I don’t have any myself, I do have a niece and nephew to consider) :-)

      ~Kesha

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog/how-to-inspire-your-home-based-opportunity-team-like-a-5-star-general/ Ryan Biddulph

    The meaning of life is to decide to live a life of meaning. You got it Kesha ;)

    A key note: when feeling low energy you view the world through low energy glasses. You ask for the meaning, search for it, wonder, question, ponder, all from a low energy place, which tends to frustrate you in your imaginary search more. You mention this low energy place early in the post.

    As you shift your vibe your search ends. You know the meaning of life comes from within, with a conscious choice to make your life meaningful by serving others, serving yourself and enjoying the heck out of the process.

    I feel in my heart I get the most out of each day. I sleep well because of this. I make a positive impact – or at least intend to – wherever I show up, and I prosper from it which is an added bonus. My purpose is to help and inspire, and by holding to this meaning, others help and inspire me, and I sell ebooks, and people join my gifting team as a nice added bonus. It all stems from me choosing to have a meaningful, impactful life in each moment, and holding to this intent in the face of all sorts of interesting emotions which rise up throughout the day.

    Thanks for sharing Kesha!

    RB

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      Boy did you eloquently sum up exactly the meaning of this post ;-)

      Yes, I’m so glad you mentioned that most of the time when people are pondering this question, it’s not from the best attitude which in turn continues the cycle of frustration.

      Awesome add to this post Ryan and thank you soooo much for commenting!

      ~Kesha

  • http://goldenlillycrafts.blogspot.com Chris

    Hi Kesha, love your thinking and writing. I tend to ponder on the negative and think why is the whole world against me, which is really just feeling sorry for myself. But as you suggest if I look at not what I don’t have and look long and hard at what I do have which I’v worked damn hard to get, then the meaning of life to me is my fulfilment so far at this stage of my life. Thanks for your beautiful thought provoking post. BTW I’m from the Monty Python era and I loved that movie, gross and all as it was.

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      Well hey fellow Monty Pythoner LOL

      Chris, I’m so glad I sparked new thoughts within you with this post. That was my full intention so it’s wonderful that you found this provoking.

      Now, you know I’m no expert and will never claim to be but if you ever need any bit of assistance with anything, even if just to have a listening ear sometimes, feel free to reach out to me. Listening is one of self-proclaimed abilities ;-)

      Talk soon!

      ~Kesha

  • http://www.modernlifeblogs.com Amit

    Thnx so much for sharing this awesome post. Keep Rocking! ((Hugs))

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      Thanks Amit and hugs back atcha ;-)

      ~Kesha

  • http://jymtarrant.com Jym | Marketing Productivity

    Lovely Share Kesha,

    And I love the point you’re making here. Meaning has a whole lot more to do with what we project than what’s really out there, all too much of the time…

    Personally I get more into the existential question “Who is there to even ask about meaning”, pointing back at the subject of it all. The meaning, like the rest of it – simply comes and goes.

    Anyway… It is what it is… May as well keep on surfin the waves and let it all be.

    Cheers!

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      Cheers to you too Jym! Thanks so much for your added feedback. Life is all about what we project, and that’s in any area of our lives.

      “Let it all be” – sounds like another one of my mantras – love it! :)

      ~Kesha

  • http://redbarnartworks.com/blog Suerae Stein

    Great post, Kesha! Really makes you think. I don’t know if we are meant to know the meaning of life or if we are meant to just make the most of our journey through life. Can’t say I am the best at doing that, but I certainly do try! Thank you for making the rest of us think! ~ Suerae

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      That’s all I think we are to do, Suerae – try to do our very best and make the most of our journey!

      I feel it’s our only way to be truly happy :-)

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts deary!

      ~Kesha

  • http://www.theheadologist.com Ellie Di

    I totally dig this! No guru can tell you what the meaning of your life is because it’s YOUR LIFE. It’s one of those things you have to figure out for yourself. (Which is better anyway because then that understanding is valuable.)

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      Wholeheartedly agree Ellie! Besides, I feel good when I figure out life’s challenges….gives me hope that I can do it again and again! ;-)

      Glad you dig this deary!

      ~Kesha

  • http://releasingmetoday.com Deeone

    I do love this post, Kesha!

    You nailed so many good pointers here.

    I think that my favorite was the reasons as to why people ask this million dollar question here.

    There isn’t a meaning. We human always have to be provided with some rhyme or reasons for everything that happens here on earth. I am the first one to do it. LOL

    I’m always searching for my inner answers, but what I’m learning is when we least expect them too; the answers come about in their own timing in their own way.

    Now, all of the goods ones (answers) I think we won’t ever know those. At least not here on this earth anyways. Searching for the answers though and looking for them from other’s is certainly not the way to go.

    Sure we can learn some things from one another, but there’s just some things we MUST learn on our own. And sometimes the only way to learn them is to simply, Live.

    Awesome, Awesome, post!! I wish it could all fit on a T-shirt; I’d so buy it!! :D

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      I’m gonna have to find a way to get that t-shirt for you ;-)

      Yes, “simply live” – love it!

      Thanks so much for your awesome feedback King!

      ~Kesha

  • http://www.motorcitymoxie.com MotorCityMoxie

    Good post Kesha. Wayne Dyer went to my high school… yay Detroit! …Eastside

    • http://uncommonchick.com Kesha

      Thank ya darling and Detroit does breed some awesome peeps ;-)

      ~Kesha