What is the most meaningful (to you personally) thing you do? How often do you do it? For how long each time? How long has it been since you've done it? What keeps you from doing it? )r interferes with your doing it? I don't know you, or don't know you very well, but. My hunch is that the most meaningful (for you personally) thing you can do over the course of what remains of your life, is what has been the most meaningful (for you personally) thing over your life to this point. Check me out on that. Get back to me in, say, 5 years.
My favorite all-time heroes, and my exact idea of how it ought to be for every one of us throughout time are Tevya and Golda in The Fiddler on the Roof. Their life is my ideal life for all people everywhere. Their life is structured by a particular belief-system, which amounts to a way of perceiving the world, all of life, and how we fit into it, but. However we think things are, if the overall result is life like Tevya and Golda live it, then it is just fine, no matter what it is. It all is just a way of thinking about how things are. Just a way of finding meaning in how things are. Finding meaning that enables us to live meaningfully. And I can't think of any way of life that is more meaningful than Tevya's and Golda's way of life. What more could life offer than they have? What more could they want than they have? We get up, face each day, do our thing, don't keep score or strive endlessly to "get ahead," and let the outcome be the outcome. "Do our thing" is the key. Do we have a "thing"? Do we do it? Are we fulfilled/satisfied doing our thing? Too many people don't have a "thing," or aren't doing it. They are looking for a "thing." Wanting some other "thing." Wanting "the best thing." Wanting to be admired, "thing or no thing." Wanting to be admired, envied, for "no thing." For "nothing." Have a "thing" and do it, make enough money to pay the right bills, and don't worry about the outcome. That's all it takes. What would you do with more than that?
There are those who need to dominate, and there are those who need to be left alone. And here we are. I don't know how we work this out. We have been "working it out" from the beginning. And that reminds me. We all, whether we need to dominate or need to be left alone, think of "The Beginning," as though there has been only one. One Big Bang, or one "Let There Be," however you choose to think of it. "As it was in THE beginning..." Well. That's presumptuous. How many have there been? How are we to know? 10,000 Big Bangs, perhaps. Coming and going over long sweeps of time past remembering. Who would remember? Or care? I wouldn't care to go through the endless process of caring or remembering, but I think it would be instructive to watch that play out over time over the entire course of time, keeping records, seeing patterns, drawing conclusions, devising theories... Or at least reading some well-crafted and quite succinct reports at various points along the way. I wonder if it would come down to domination and left alone every time.