My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
Something simply IS, it exists. We can either accept that and possibly (if it is our choice to make) decide to change it for the better ... or we may resist that it exists and consider it bad. The first approach is serene and creative; the judgmental perspective means to suffer, to be a victim. Or as Joseph Campbell says, "Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer."
That's rather cynical since we're social beings, we're connected, and we learn from each other, that's what makes civilization possible. But he has a point... we can find the right balance and recognize our uniqueness, our inner voice and truth, and create our own life.
One without the other is on shaky ground. If you allow your experience and your heart to be your main teachers, checked by your reasoning, you'll empower yourself to find new meaning for your life.
Service is about connecting in a meaningful way, which therefore gives life purpose. Feel in your heart what has meaning and purpose for you and express this truth in your daily life. As David Weatherford said, "No day is wasted in which I touch another person's life in any positive, meaningful way. And so it is that I enrich my days by giving something of myself whether through a warm smile, a kind word, a sympathetic ear, a gentle embrace, or a helping hand. I don't know the meaning of life, the purpose of humanity, or why I'm even here. But I do know that anytime I act out of love, the world just feels right to me."
Without hope, our life loses meaning and purpose; we do nothing. But that hope is our creation - it's in our hands, it is a choice. As Hannah Senesh said, "One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one's life has meaning, that one is needed in this world." If we cannot find meaning in our life, it is our responsibility to create it.
Similarly, if you really want to see a rainbow then you can deal with the rain.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Love, and loving service to our fellows, connects us so we do not live isolated lives and life becomes meaningful. Jesus once said that the care we offer to even the smallest child or the weakest old man is received as if it were offered to God. When societies and governments are no longer at the loving service of all people, then arrogance and exploitation risk snuffing out true human development and fulfillment. Only by loving and serving others, even with the simplest of gestures, will humanity regain a sense of happiness and hope. Continues...