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Musings on Life

This is the world as it is. This is where you start.- Saul D. Alinsky

Saul D. Alinsky
This is where you start

What is life all about?

Have you ever asked that question? I know I have, especially when things in my life are going south and you are wondering why. Another question I have asked is why am I here? What is my purpose? Is there even a purpose? Who are we and what are we supposed to be doing? 

Those philosophical questions don’t really have universal answers. Why? Because the answers are all relevant to you and your life and only you can answer them based on what you see as relevant. But this is the world as it is, and this is where you start.

If you believe the devout, we are here to do God’s work. Then the atheist believes we are here to survive and get what we can while we can as there is nothing to expect after we are gone. If you are one who focuses on the universe, then we are here to make the universe the best we possibly can in our little piece of it. As you can see, it’s all relevant to what you believe and your life.

What should we believe?

Again, that is something only you can figure out. For me, it’s all about being one with my world, surviving in peace with it, and the living things around me.  Okay, I heard that “Hunh?”

Being one with our world means living in harmony with humanity along with the flora and fauna which surrounds us. We need to respect our world and all the things found in it. Use only what you need, leaving the rest for the future generations. In our world of cheap disposable things, we consume things we don’t need, or even really want. This shown with the huge garbage dumps we see around the world. But then again, that is my belief. Your’s may be different.

Is there a purpose to life? Again that is a question you have to answer. For me, it is all about learning and being the best person I can be in my own little corner of the world. (Hmm, I guess my corner is a bit bigger than some with my traveling.) I don’t even pretend to want to change the world. What I discovered is: if everyone did their best to be productive and to make their little corner of the world the best it can be, the whole world would change. 

What does all this have to do with you?

Not a whole lot. Each person has to decide how they want to live their lives. Nothing in life is free, since everything has a cost to it, be it the expenditure of energy to breathe or the cost of supporting the non-productive members of society. The food you eat comes at a cost to the environment, the work of those who grow it, getting it to market and cooking it. Every little thing we do comes at a cost no matter what we do. 

Giving thanks for what I have on a daily basis is something which starts my day off in the correct mindset. If you have a roof over your head…be thankful. If you have food to eat…be thankful. If you have clothes to wear…be thankful. All your basic needs are met…so be thankful. That doesn’t mean you don’t want to strive for better, but be thankful for what you do have. 

Thought waves

The other thing to remember, it that when you are thinking negative thoughts, you are bringing the negativity to you. That has a very scientific basis. When Donald Sutherland in an old movie called Kelly’s Heros (1970) the character Donald plays is a hippy to keeps saying, “Stop the negative waves,” when they are deciding what to do as those about him are giving all the bad things that can happen on their venture. That is something I never forgot, because the ‘negative waves’ will bring those negative thought to pass. So put out those positive waves. Without them, you’ll never achieve what you want.

So, how do you want to live your life? How do you want to be remembered? Those are questions only you can answer, but be thankful you can read this and are able to answer those questions. It means you have the chance to live your life to the fullest.

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