first four words here take most people aback, raising
immediate protest. How can life be without
meaning? Of course life has meaning! But I
believe that Joseph makes sense--the meaning of our lives
is what we bring to our lives.
life itself had meaning apart from us, there would be no
room for individual growth, for all would be defined for
us already. But as most of us know from years of
finding ourselves going in many different directions--most
of which were unpredictable--nothing really has been
defined for us at all. We're living through a
process of exploration and discovery, learning what our
lives are all about on our own terms, in our own time.
are alive. What does that mean to you? Does
that mean that you must do certain things, accomplish
certain objectives? Does that mean that you should
pursue spiritual awakening or learn how to relax really
well? Does that mean that you should get a job that
will give you power and prestige so that you can help many
people, or does it mean that you should find a humble job
that will allow you to help fewer people, but more deeply?
really is up to you. You bring the meaning to your
life--there is no one answer or path that's appropriate
for everyone. Be alive, and find the meaning that's
best for you!