Originally posted by spiritwomyn
He wants to know , he wants to understand, And if in all of your responses he gets nothing, it is the answer.
Actually I haven't seen a response here that didn't offer him suggestions!
I too have physically died and been brought back after death when I was 5. Perhaps that is the reason why I so strongly cling to life and love life.
As a child I was taught not only to revere life but the fragility of life. That has made me appreciate life all the more.
I have so many things I would like to do and so many things that I must do that I could live a thousand lifetimes and never even scratch the surface.
It really does boggle my mind that one would find a lack of things to either experience or do in life.
It is true that the majority of life is sorrow, tribulations, and pain. Life is not a Disney movie, nor will it ever be. However, that isn't a
negative thing, but a positive thing. It is those very trials, pain and sorrows that define who we are and make us strive to become something greater
than what we are. When you realize that life is the crucible within which we are tempered by the flames of adversity, it becomes an act of joy and
celebration to receive suffering, pain and tribulation!
If one finds the suffering to be much more than they can bear, that is usually a good time to spend in reflection of the joyful beauty that exists in
life. All it takes for me is looking at a beautiful flower, or observing a person helping a stranger, or hearing the laughter of a child to remember
why life is so worth living! When people say to stop and smell the roses, there is great advice to be found in those words!
However, one shouldn't underestimate the power of duty and obligation either. The Selfish are the ones most commonly caught in this fiendish trap of
the Ego that pursues selfish pursuits in life, only to find that those pursuits are empty and hollow. That's because any true and eternal meaning to
life cannot be found in anything that is selfish. Money will not bring truth or eternal happiness. Climbing the Career Ladder will not bring truth or
eternal happiness. Pursuing anything for no reason other than itself, such as Pursuing Knowledge for it's own sake, or Pursuing Happiness for it's
own sake, will not bring truth or eternal happiness. True and eternal meaning to life can only be found when one surrenders their Ego and lives their
life for the purpose of serving someone other than themselves, whether it be their family, or children, or orphans in Africa, or for Humanity as a
whole. If one realizes that this is their duty and obligation to fulfill, and that their life is not their own to surrender unto death, then even
during the Darkest Nights of the Soul there will be a light to guide the way to the Golden Dawn.
If one finds themselves such a defeatist that the looming threat of Apocalypse would deter them, then that is even more sad. There is no time more
important to live for others than at a time when Hope is in rare supply. Who says that 2012 cannot be averted? Who says that it is written in stone
and will happen? There is no point in giving up prematurely as all one is doing when they do such is taking the easy way out and helping create a
self-fulfilling prophecy! It takes a strong person to be resolute to the hope and joy in their self-discovered purpose in life that despite all the
odds against them they would continue to choose to follow the light of their own path than concede defeat.
If one finds themselves unable to find themselves and to find a selflessly true and eternal reason with which to guide their way through life, then I
agree with the others here that getting oneself lost in an MMO or a game is a great distraction until the day comes that an epiphany may strike them
and they realize the beauty and the joy and their own purpose in living life.
[edit on 30-9-2009 by fraterormus]