Posted by Sharlee (220.127.116.11) on April 16, 2003 at 04:39:18:
In Reply to: What is the meaning of life? posted by Justin (18.104.22.168) on April 15, 2003 at 11:46:56:
> What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of YOUR life? I have been lost ever since a breakup last year, and to date, after having going through the paths which have led me to nowhere... I am still here. If you care, please share with me your understanding of YOUR meaning of life.
> Thank you
### I'm not good at analysing, Justin, but I will answer your original question. I believe in a God, perhaps it may not be the conventional God but certainly a higher being. Following on from that I have come to believe that we have a preordained purpose in life that was perhaps determined before we were born. Our purpose may be an insignificant one to us and that moment of our purpose may come and go without us realising it. It may be to be a parent; it may be to provide the right company, joy and support to someone in need at some point of their life; it may be to save the environment or to influence community values and decisions. I therefore place myself in God's hands to go in the direction I am supposed to go in and to respond to situations to the best of my ability. In the meantime, I do not go about directionless and am not without ambition. However, I make the best decisions I can when I have the opportunity to make them.
Someone who had analysed near death experiences said that people reported they were asked 2 questions only by a loving being (perceived as God)when they "died". These questions were:
What wisdom have you learned in your lifetime? and
How have you expanded your capacity to love?
These questions sit well with me with what I think life is about as well. Having said that, I would find it very difficult to recover my spirit should say my daughter die. It would take a very long time to get over and indeed I wonder if a part of me would die forever. When rarely (thankfully) I feel as though a dark chasm has opened up, I find being in the present and its day to day events can pull me out.
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