How you live your life and what you do with it shapes not only your future but also that of the world. What matters is that each of us has a purpose in life—to make a positive contribution to the world we live in. The most important thought that you could hold is: Your life matters.
How do we discover our purpose in life? How do we justify our actions, decisions, or convictions? Until now, I hadn’t given this much thought beyond the fact that everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning, a reason to live, to hike, to dance, to play. The very reason you exist. And then I read this story I came across about Bruce Lee:
“A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”
If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all). Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t have a purpose” or “Life is meaningless?” Sad to hear and even more difficult to respond to.
I continue to praise the rewards of the environment, whether hiking, visiting a zoo, or volunteering at a shelter. Life is empty if we’re not useful.
This us a circle made of mints for artistic purposes:
Here’s something for scientific discussion: