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The Meaning of Life

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Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to figure this out. Guess I’m just a slow learner…

If there is one thing the world really needs that is still within our power to give as individuals, it’s more kindness.

Be kind to those around you. Be open and generous, not just of your material resources but of yourself in whatever way you can and whatever way is needed.

Large or small kindness makes no difference, for the will and intention is the same and each act you perform will increase – in a tiny way – the overall happiness of your own life and the lives of those with whom you connect.

There will always be some who mistake kindness for weakness, but this should not deter you as they are still few and the kind are still many, despite what those in power would have us believe. To surrender that aspect of your character is to forsake a huge part of who you are and will only serve to hand a victory to the ruthless and the self-centered of this world. Be kind despite of them and know that victory is yours.

Live, laugh, love, listen, look, think, learn, care, touch, feel, taste, sing, dance and play to find your happiness, and share with others when you can to find joy. No-one finds lasting happiness or joy in the pure pursuit of status, power, wealth or possessions, not because we cannot obtain these things, but because we are doomed not to want them, once we have them.

Far beyond the doctrines of religious belief or social convention, the happiness and joy you help create is the true measure of the value of your life and is found in those small moments of integrity, passion and empathy which – little by little – help lay the foundations for a more enlightened and better world.

I have never found a greater meaning of life than this.

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7 Comments for: The Meaning of Life

  1. Visitor Comment # 1

    Great Article Phil.

  2. Visitor Comment # 2

    Nice sentiments.

  3. Visitor Comment # 3
    Mahandra : (Visitor)

    Some truth there

  4. Visitor Comment # 4

    It’s always nice to be nice.

  5. Author Comment # 5

    Cheers folks. Appreciate the feedback.

  6. Visitor Comment # 6

    Love, laughter and music is the key.

  7. Visitor Comment # 7

    Didn’t Glen Campbell beat you to the punch?

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