As far as I am concerned, having a satisfying life is all about challenges. When I no longer have anything that tests or stretches me I am the most prone to periods of depression. That is what this post is all about.Read more
I must admit that in some ways I am not a very creative person. I have often times in my life needed a spark from another person to get me headed down a path. So, I certainly appreciated the quote above from Albert Schweitzer. I have deep gratitude for those who have lighted the flame within me.
I am a passionate person who often wears his emotions on his sleeve. I have causes that I now firmly believe in. Most of those causes were not originally part of my being but instead were planted there by words from someone wiser than myself. In that light, I thank the Lord for exposing me to all the virtual mentors I have had in my life.
One of my biggest life regrets is that I lived a big part of it without much purpose. I, like many others I imagine, just lived from day-to-day without many goals or life directions. I also spent too much of my life not realizing the gifts God had given me. I wonder what I could have achieved if I had come to those two realizations earlier?
One of my most fervent prayers is for the teachers in this world. I pray that they will do everything necessary to kindle a spark in their students to get them started down the path of life with a purpose. I know in today’s world of teaching that task is deemed secondary at most but it seems primary to me.
Facebook reminded me of this post I wrote here on RJsCorner five years ago today. I am reviving it as the thoughts still move me…
I decided to let my creative juices flow a little more lately and attacked my blog header to make it a little more cheery. I know most of you guys probably don’t even notice the header but I don’t think you can avoid this one. 🙂 There is enough in the world today that is simply awful dreary. We need to let the sun shine more in our lives. This is a meager attempt to do a little of that.
The main themes for my blog are “Question Everything” and my “InSearchOfAmerica” project. I am adding another theme to that list and it is about complaining. It seems that everyone, me included, has a myriad of things to complain about in this world today. Lord knows with the narcissist in the Oval Office our complaints in many areas are certainly justified. Additionally, for decades now the quality of life continues going down instead of up for many of us. We have a right to complain about that but what good does just complaining do?
Complaining without doing something about it is just having a pity party or just plain whining. The upper right side of the header has the same message just in a different way. Complaining is not a conversation after all. So if you insists on complaining then you also need to start doing something constructive about your complaints. Offer solutions instead of just whining. No one likes whiners.
Looking at this from a higher level, one of the worst things you can do with your life is to live it in negativity. Until you find something to be enthusiastic about, your life often lacks purpose. Maybe you need to turn off your TV and look around you for things to be thankful for. Just don’t dwell on the negative too frequently.
Of course I need to take my own advice in this area and I am trying to do just that. I have a lot to be thankful for. But ignoring the problems around me is not the answer either. Facing them head on with a personal action plan no matter how meager is much better than just whining about them. That is one of my new mantras in life. I seem to have many of those don’t I? I guess you could call this new resolve an early New Year’s resolution but since those are most often forgotten I don’t want to do that. I’ll just call it a new perspective… how about that?
I have to admit up front that for much of my life I just didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I “grew up”. Strangely, it wasn’t until several years into my retirement that I finally put that question to rest. So, I am NOT the poster child for gaining purpose in life, but maybe my shortcomings in this area might be a lesson for others.
A fundamental problem with this country and many others around the world is that too many just don’t have any idea what the meaning of our country is supposed to be about? Without this foundation, every bad thing that happens causes ever-increasing cynicism and selfishness. There is no hope because there is no overall vision for what we want our country to be. Positive thinking seems to have almost vanished in the world today. Maybe even more tragically, there are those who have come to a conclusion about purpose and their answer is simply too self-centered to be of value.
You would think that a country where so many claim it to be a Christian nation they would use the words of Jesus to find their country’s purpose. But that just doesn’t seem to be a reality even in those who consider themselves to be religious. Too many seem to be able to lock the teachings of Jesus into a neat bundle that is brought out on Sunday and then locked back in a box on Monday. Too many others have turned their religion into a political agenda that excludes any concept of “brother’s keeper”and is about making enemies rather than brothers. But there is hope in this area as religious organizations, especially those of the Radical Right variety are shrinking due to lack of young people buying into their convoluted rhetoric. They label them as hypocrites, as they actually are.
When purpose is lost, especially for a country, hope is usually also lost in the process. I think that’s kind of where we are today.