A man after dying meets God and asks: Can you tell me now what was the meaning of my life?
God looks puzzled for a moment, then says: That was my question to you.
What was the meaning of your life?
To the best of my knowledge:
Life is an opportunity for a certain kind of experience.
The meaning of it is up to you.
Life is to experience being human on this planet at this time. I have heard it is a high-ticket item, and there may be a line around the planet to be born. Here we have opportunities to learn, live, sing, dance, love, be a contribution – or to be in our own world, be self-centered, cry the blues, suffer, hurt and blame others…
The Universe is like a giant wish-fulfilling-tree – it supplies whatever we focus on, whether we want it or not, whether we consider it good or bad.
The experience each of us have is unique. No one else can truly know what it is like to be us, yet everyone is our mirror. The nature of reality is not only change, but expansion. Everyone plays a part in this expansion, from presidents to panhandlers. Stars to microbes.
As our universe (stars and planets) are expanding, so must we in order to be in harmony with life. Those (some say young souls) who try to hold on to structure, or fixed ideas of how to live life, often experience great struggle and pain. There is no safety in systems or rigidity in a constantly changing environment. Religions may offer something of a thought-society to many, and if you find joy and upliftment there, stay. Don’t be in a hurry to become “enlightened” – enjoy the journey instead.
The secret to life is that there is no end to it and you are never alone. We may think we only have one life to live, but we probably have as as many as we want. Our Souls are all connected all the time, and we are all creating life together. We are each on our own path – not back to where we came from – but to where we all are going.
I think Consciousness, God, Great Mystery, Alah, Odin, Ra, whatever name you chose, is/are as curious to see what will happen next as we are. It may look like life is unjust and always on the edge of its own destruction, but if we did not think a cause was worth being passionate about, we could never walk a hero’s journey. And if we knew we could not die, the “game” of life would not be real to us.
My personal recipe for a life worth living is this:
1: Expect miracles, since everything is, and always look for them.
2: See everyone as straight form “Central Casting” – masterful actors in a show made just for you.
3: Be interested, and you will be interesting to others.
4: Constructive criticism isn’t.
5: If you don’t know what to do, be useful.
6: Speak your truth, but choose your battles well – you can’t fight all of them.
7: Out of two possibilities the third always happens.
8: Always, always come back to that which feeds your passion.
9: Let your default position be “grateful”.
I think love is not what we hope to find, but what we seek to express. I believe we were granted the experience of life on this planet by an infinitely loving presence and at the end there will an opportunity to look back and see what life meant to us – then to start another adventure or take a break a few centuries. I do not think there is any kind of judgement or punishment passed onto us if we missed the mark. I think that If God wanted us to things right, he/she/it/we would have fired us a long time ago.
So go forth. Live and learn. Create something beautiful. Be passionate and grateful.