8 thoughts on “How to Live a Meaningful and Significant Life

  • February 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Through my actions and service I am able to be either a lesson or a blessing to others –

    Having lived with both physical and psychiatric diagnosis I know that my passion for advocating has brought many blessings. Living an authentic life offers me the ability to maintain a balance. This balance includes a rich spirituality and emotional stability. Very critical elements to recovery from major depression.

    Respectfully,

    Ms Jean

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    • February 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Ms. Jean,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I love your perspective on being of service to others. There is much meaning we can gain by viewing our interactions with others as a means to offer support and betterment. As well, it sounds like you have an authentic view of who you are and what you have to offer. This is important to feel better about our position and to start really living.

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  • February 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    It’s funny how obvious this all is, but is most definitely stuff we all forget. I feel it’s so hard to think about life purpose when the world is whizzing around us. We literally have to stop, breath, and remember “I am here for a reason”.

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    • February 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Amanda,

      This is a great point! It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and simply go through the motions of daily life. We can easily forget our bigger purpose and mission for life, and in doing miss out on more meaningful living. Thanks for leaving your thoughts!

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  • February 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Religion might provide “encouragement that we can push beyond limits and become a better person” but that’s not all it does. Religion has been described as “guilt with different holidays” by Cathy Ladman and I think there is more than just a little grain of truth in that statement. Inspiration for a better life can also found in secular sources, for example in philosophy or art.

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    • February 21, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Jeroen,

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I think you have a very important point about the vary perspectives on religion. In general, much of finding meaning is looking to something greater than ourselves. This can apply to general spiritual practice and development, or if someone feels the institution of religion offers them this, than that is just as effective. It’s important to consider that any belief, conviction, and practice can be unhealthy when excessively and narrowly approached. I am always for critical thinking and personal understanding in order to find those beliefs that can bring us the most purpose, peace of mind, and progress. Thanks for offering these thought provoking ideas.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:10 am

    What if everyone stop doing every work they do daily..No competetion ,no conflicts,no tension ..nothing such things will be there! Can’t we stop all our work and just do some work for having food. Why we all are doing so much of striving and a years of work just to fill our stomach? Is there really any need of having a purpose in our life..If we stop putting down others then no one will need any kind of help ! I want to write more but for now clear my these doubts sir.

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  • August 24, 2017 at 7:37 am

    everyone like to have a day having good snacks and doing lazy things….if everyone actually likes to do this then why people striving so much just to fill their stomach?? whenever we study about how life on earth begin that time no one thinks of the purpose why each and every person came here we just study the organism and switch to another thing.it may be the case that this moral question of the essence of life is also the part of human race?! at early times people made weapons just to get their food and protect themselves from wild animals as they were not having any other option to protect themselves and eventually weapon’s power increased…it became a part of human race ..people started making more powerful weapons than before just with the tagline we need them to protect ourselves and for our security! but do we actually need them?? likewise, i don’t think we really need any purpose in our life or aim for just having survival. fulfilling daily needs like water, food, clothes etc by our own can be done and if anyone need help, help them.

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