On the first day, God created the dog and said: "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of 20 years."
The dog said: "That's a long time to be barking. How about only 10 years and I'll give you back the other 10?'
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said: "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a 20-year life span."
The monkey said: "Monkey tricks for 20 years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back 10 like the Dog did?"
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said:
"You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of 60 years."
The cow said: "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for 60 years. How about 20 and I'll give back the other 40?"
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created man and said: "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you 20 years."
But man said: "Only 20 years? Could you possibly give me my 20, the 40 the cow gave back, the 10 the monkey gave back, and the 10 the dog gave back -- that makes 80, OK?"
"OK," God said. "As long as you're sure."
So that is why for our first 20 years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next 40 years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next 10 years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last 10 years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
And that, my friends, is the meaning of life. Now you know.
When I hear this question, I often think of the words in the Book of Ecclesiastes , all those "chasing after the wind" verses ....it comes down to this ....."I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God".
The Meaning of Life .... for me, is about uncovering our deepest Passions & making them what we are about, what we do with our lives.....this is our challenge.
.....To wake up every day & feel a enthusiam and purpose for living.... To love and feel loved in return , to give & know we are a light in others lives, our existence matters...... it is in fact about "connection"......whatever road we choose to travel in life ..... let it be one that we can bless others with our God given gifts, we all have a talent in something...ask yourself...how do you enjoy blessing others .....
....... to be a Mother, a Father, a caretaker of the elderly, a Teacher who encourages, a Songwriter who inspires, the Construction worker who builds bridges, the horse trainer who tames, the Doctor who heals, a Coal miner who does the dirty work -but we need him! To swimming with the Dolphins at Sea World putting on a show to bring wild clapping & tears of amazement , the world is so very full and beautiful...
We have found "the meaning" when we feel we are living our destiny.
I once attended my best friends Grandmothers funeral... I sat & listened to friend after friend giving their memories of this sweet woman & how she touched their lives, alot of laughter in that room, I was a little blown away by all the deep Joy this woman oozed when she was alive...... she didn't have a career, she wasn't famous, she didn't have much money, her house was a little unkempt..... but in the hearts of those who spoke that morning, she was simply one who changed their lives for the better & she will live in thier hearts. That woman lived a "meaningful life", she spread happiness everywhere we went.
I sat there seriously thinking to myself ...."damn, I hope I am thought of that highly when I kick the bucket!" To envy the dead.... you know she lived the "meaning".
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.” ~ Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.
Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted... unbidden... it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us... passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love... the clarity of hatred... and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we'd know some kind of peace... but we would be hollow... Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we'd be truly dead.