Life… What’s the Point?

Life… What’s the Point?

Existentialism Personal Growth self development

I’ve been fascinated with the mysteries of life for quite some time, and I’ve heard many theories about the question, “What’s the point of life?” Some people never give this question much thought – they live their lives, happily unaware or unwilling to see that there might be a deeper reason for being in the world.

I was like that once… until I woke up. To myself. And to Life. You could say I took the red pill that Neo chose in the Matrix. I realized I had been living on autopilot, and I became aware that I was hungry for a more expanded world view.

There are many in the world who would argue that the point is simply survival of the fittest. Our sole purpose is to live as long and as well as possible, and procreate to leave a legacy by way of a lineage. I don’t buy it.  What’s the point of that?

Others insist that the point of life is to be successful and happy. For some that means generating as much wealth as possible, for others it’s about living simply and being content with what they have. I can appreciate this view but it doesn’t tell a complete story for me.

Abraham Hicks says that we exist in order to create expansion and joy. That is, to continually find ways to grow, and create joy in the process.  I love the notion of finding joy in the process, rather than only at the end of the game (that never really ends, by the way).

There are also folks who will tell you that the point of life is to serve others, and to contribute to the world. The problem with this view is that if it’s the only purpose that we have, we risk living our lives exclusively for others, and never truly expressing ourselves, our needs, our desires, and ultimately our creative identity. We become what others want of us, not our authentic self.

I believe that we are eternal beings having a human experience, so the essence of who we are lives on after our physical body dies. If this is true, then we chose to have this human experience and I believe we chose it in order to experience the process of remembering our true identity. This core identity, the higher self, derives inexplicable pleasure from the process of re-membering ourselves as the true creators of our experience that we are.

Learning how to create our human experience consciously, while we’re in it, seems like the most outrageous adventure to me!  Swoop up to the meta-view with me for a moment. It’s like the earth is a magical play and we are each playing the lead role in our own play. I can tell you that life is so much more fun when I see it this way.

How about you? What do you think the point is?

And are you living it?

Drop me a line and let me know!

Until next time, be free and wild,

Sue

5 Ways to Re-focus on What Matters

5 Ways to Re-focus on What Matters

Personal Growth

Rainy weekends provide a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect on life.  But why wait for dreary weather to take stock of your personal situation.  I encourage you to you take some time now, regardless of when you’ve last done it (if ever!), to reflect, re-assess and re-align your direction.  Without this effort, your direction may not be clear and goals never realized.

Here are some ways to do this:

  1. What course correction is needed in my life right now?  Based on all the new information and experiences and learning since you took a pause and reflected on things last, what needs to change to make sure you are tracking on target once again?  A full review of all areas of your life is in order once in a while to identify adjustments that might be needed on the plan.
  2. Where have I stopped honouring my boundaries (that is, my values and beliefs)?  As time goes on, sometimes we let our boundaries slide, and then we find ourselves in a situation that is uncomfortable, frustrating or downright ugly.  Often this is a direct result of not honouring our own boundaries.  Now is a great to ask, “where did I say ‘yes’ when I should have said ‘no’?” and, “what truth do I need to communicate in order to honour my Self?”.  An example might be, “I am not willing to be around people who are chronic complainers.”
  3. What do I want?  So often we forget how to allow our ‘wanter’ to be activated, by believing something unattainable, too much work, or a pipe dream.  But every now and then it’s good to let those lost dreams bubble up, to play with them and adjust them until we gain some new clarity about that positive future outcome that we’d just love to create.  So pause and ask yourself, “What do I really want? really?” “And where have I settled with less than I want?”
  4. What’s the first step I need to take? Backtracking from that exciting dream or goal, what are the milestones that need to occur back to now?  It’s far easier to figure out the immediate next step if we work backwards from the final outcome and identify the milestones needed to be achieved back to the present.
  5. What’s holding me back?  Really, what’s getting in the way?  What gets me stuck?  And what support do I need to get through or around the obstacle to get back on track? Sometimes the thing that’s in the way is removed simply in the process of identifying it.  Other times, some work is required to uncover the root cause and to devise a solution.

I wish you all the best as you re-align your life towards more of what matters most and more enjoyment and success.

How do you keep you life on track?  Please share!