"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." ~ William Shakespeare,Hamlet
Something simply IS, it exists. We can either accept that and possibly (if it is our choice to make) decide to change it for the better ... or we may resist that it exists and consider it bad. The first approach is serene and creative; the judgmental perspective means to suffer, to be a victim. Or as Joseph Campbell says, "Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer."
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." ~Oscar Wilde
That's rather cynical since we're social beings, we're connected, and we learn from each other, that's what makes civilization possible. But he has a point... we can find the right balance and recognize our uniqueness, our inner voice and truth, and create our own life.
"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." ~Nelson Mandela
One without the other is on shaky ground. If you allow your experience and your heart to be your main teachers, checked by your reasoning, you'll empower yourself to find new meaning for your life.
"To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart." ~ Pearl S. Buck
For truly, a simple act of kindness has greatness about it. As Marianne Williamson said, "Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve."
"What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life." ~ Emil Brunne
Without hope, our life loses meaning and purpose; we do nothing. But that hope is our creation - it's in our hands, it is a choice. As Hannah Senesh said, "One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one's life has meaning, that one is needed in this world." If we cannot find meaning in our life, it is our responsibility to create it.
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