November 06-B, 2022

Bayou Teche 02 02/10/2013 Oil Paint Rendered, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Meaning is the heart of the matter.

What governs what something means to us?
What is in charge of meaning?
Who says so?
Who knows so?

If our life is meaningless,
where does the blame for that lie?

What is the most meaningful thing
you could do in the next fifteen minutes?
In what remains of the day?
The week?
The month?
The year?
The remainder of our life?

A meaningless life
is the sum total
of all the meaningless moments
that comprise a life.

How many meaningful moments
comprise your day?
Your week?
Your month?
Your year?

If you allowed meaning 
to direct your life,
now differently would you live?

If you lived in light 
of the meaning quotient 
of each moment,
each choice,
each act,
to direct your living,
how differently would you live?

Sit with the matter of meaning
in the stillness,
and silence,
and emptiness
(Empty of all thoughts/fear/anger/dread/etc.),
and see what stirs to life,
and where it goes,
where it leads...

And allow meaning to guide you
through what remains
of the life left for living.

Do. Not. Live. Meaninglessly!

At the end of each day,
sit with the question,
"Where was the meaning found today?"

Live to increase your association with meaning
over time.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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