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We strive our whole lives to bring meaning to our consciousness, to feel as though we are here for a purpose; to have that meaningful relationship with ourselves, our beliefs in external entities of whatever one’s vision of God is, and to counter the selfishness that is programmed as a survival mechanism that usually gets out of hand, in old accustomed, and therefore generally excused, behavior of tacit acceptance or outright deviousness of our human race causing the suffering and death of others.
It is this “meaning” that eludes most both the stringent atheist and emphatic Fundamentalist religious fanatic. It is not about the self, it is about giving of oneself to help those less able to cope with life; to give them hope and some small piece of time that brings happiness, laughter, and the stirring of endorphins that can make a difference in the short abstract of time we are all bound to on this planet.
Normal people as a matter of normal behavior take psychotropic drugs, anti-anxiety medication and force themselves to carry on through routine day-to-day set patterns to cope with the false sense of security that everything will be fine. When one convinces themselves that it is real fact, inevitably life proves to them otherwise and the fall from this altruistic grace is a much farther distance than if one just realizes we are human and our time is short. Make each day count and stop worrying about things you have absolutely no control over and live every day to its fullest – and while you are at it, stop feeling sorry for yourself. Go to a local Children’s Hospital and look into the eyes that know they are going to pass quickly. Feel their reality instead of dwelling on your petty perceived problems that don’t amount to a piddling compared to these unlived lives. Visit a hospice and see those who are about to pass on from this world and have no choice but acceptance.
Enjoy your “salad days” of youth and take each moment and treasure it, instead of worrying about anything else that hasn’t happened yet or living in the past that you have no power to change. Be good to yourself and then do the work of the divine by helping those unable to have anything close to your chance of happiness that you may be denying yourself because you can’t see the forest for the trees. Pain is part of life, accept it. When you get on in years it is the aching in the morning that is a sign you are still here. Embrace it, fight it, and rail against giving in until the waters of the ultimate journey overwhelms you. Then acceptance and return to the energy of our source will take you home. Till then, be here now.
This country-no, this world has evolved to a point where we need to transcend the human selfishness and give of ourselves to others who are less fortunate. Money cannot save us and the quest for money is not a quest for happiness, so one should be careful what one wishes for in their lives. True happiness comes from within. My message for you in 2009 is to find that happiness and share it with everyone you come in contact with in your life. Make it a life worth living for others and feel the goodness that goes beyond perceived human ideals of “what is” and what you think you are “supposed to do.”