To see the world…

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other, and to feel, that is the purpose of life.”The-Secret-Life-of-Walter-Mitty-Poster-Header

I saw this little quote in a movie (and loved it).

If you know the movie, you can appreciate where the quote came from.

This little quote got me thinking. The purpose of life…. I’m no philosophy major, but I’m sure that we can agree that everyone will have a different interpretation of what they think the purpose of life is, or at the very least, what your purpose is. I’m certainly not going to argue with you what you think is your purpose. That is for you to explore and determine on your own. And by the way, I highly encourage you to do so.

So what do you think your purpose is ?Dalai Lama message

I think that my purpose is to lead a life that is fulfilling and enriching not only to me, but to those around me and to those I hold dearest. I also believe that living a life where you help others, is very important. I can tell you what I think some of the attributes that make up a good life. I know what some of mine are.  How about you, do you know what yours are ?

I know for me the teachings of the Dalai Lama and the Buddhist believes are very meaningful. Even though I was raised in a catholic faith, I find that I’m not overly catholic. I say that, and I don’t believe that makes me a bad Christian. However, to lead a good life, I don’t think that one needs to necessarily have faith or be overly religious.  But I don’t want to muddy the waters with religion here.

I think that ultimately it may come down to a simple question… What makes you itch ?

As Alan Watts asks “What would you do if money were no object ?”

For those of us that have our regular jobs and our mortgages, and are going through the regular 9-5 grinds… it may be difficult to break our way of thinking and challenge the path that we know.

To showcase this, I want to give you an example.  I have a dear friend that I’ve known for my entire adult life.  He was my best friend starting in Grade 7 and remains to this day one of my best friends.  I admire him for his accomplishments in his life.  See, shortly after graduating post-secondary, he decided that his chosen path wasn’t what he went to school for.  His true love was and still is photography.  And he is awesome at it.  Over the years, and through exceptionally hard work, he has been to some of the most amazing places in the world.  His love of photography has afforded him the opportunity to access places I can only dream of.  He once confided in me that being in photography was like being a starving artist.  I understand that, but by following your dreams and your love, you gain a richness that very few can match.  That richness isn’t necessarily in dollars, but when it comes right down to it.  What do you spend your dollars on anyway, typically its to get that experience which further enriches you.  He just cut out the middle part of the process and went straight to enrichment.  He challenged the status quo, and did something that he knew was going to be difficult, but he followed his love.

Maybe it’s time to start looking at your purpose and following your dream/love.  What are you waiting for ?

 

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