Finding Real Meaning In Our Lives

September 9, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

Tuesday afternoon I had a lengthy conversation with a friend who is also a therapist.   We talked about meaning, fame and success; all important themes in my life.

For most of my life meaning and success have meant cause and effect; there is no meaning without success.  Because success’ currency in our society is fame and fortune, I for many years felt my life unimportant.

The worshiping of money and fame is nothing new.   We know that from history books and actually two of the ten-commandments can be applied to this quest: 1 – “You shall have no other gods before me” 2 – “You shall not make for yourself an idol.”

As I continue on my journey of seeking out my truth and well-being thinking and discussing personal worth and values are a constant topic of reflection and conversation.

As I was driving home from seeing my friend, I had to pull up to the side of the street to let a fire truck and the paramedics drive by.  They were rushing to save someone’s life.  A person might live or die based on their performance from navigating traffic to accessing and administering the right care as quickly and as efficiently as possible.  Is there anything more important than that?  We see firemen and paramedics drive by us almost on daily basis without giving much thought about the work they perform.  They are not famous, don’t make a lot of money, and we don’t consider them to be important.

On the other hand we are fascinated by Lindsay Lohan,  Justin Bieber, Mel Gibson and anybody else whose name we can recognize and who mostly perform less important tasks than those of the men who save lives on a daily basis.

It is now clear to me that meaning is different from fame and fortune and it doesn’t depend on scandals, box office success, magazines or the stock market going up or down.  It also doesn’t depend on other people’s recognition or approval.  Whatever the meaning of my life is, it is my very personal journey.

“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.” -Anais Nin

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