Just imagine for a second that this whole life means nothing. That we are just here taking up space. Imagine that we have no purpose, no rhyme, and no reason for being.  We merely exist from day to day accepting whatever life throws at us until one day we simply cease to exist.

That’s a sad thought.

If that were true, it would mean the 7 billion people on this planet were here for no logical reason. We would simply be mammals with oversized brains, no purpose, and no direction.  With 7 billion people in one place just roaming around without direction, doesn’t it make sense that we’re constantly in collision with each other, wreaking havoc, and causing confusion?

Personally, I don’t believe we’re here for no logical reason. However, I do believe we have lost our way. We have lost our direction, and I think the signs and symptoms are obvious. Take a look around and you are far more likely to find a sad face or hear a negative thought, than to see a smiling smile or hear encouraging, positive words.  Everyone is so stressed out!

Here’s some interesting facts to backup this belief:

  • In the year 2010, 90 percent of doctor visits were for stressed-related issues.
  • Mental illness and depression is at an all time high. According to Dr. Ronald Dworkin of the CDC, “Doctors are now medicating unhappiness.” He also states, “Too many people take drugs when they really need to be making changes in their lives.”
  • According to a government study, antidepressants have become the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. They are prescribed more than drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, or headaches.
  • In 2005, 2.4 billion drugs were prescribed in visits to doctors and hospitals. Of those, 118 million were for antidepressants.
  • Obesity is a worse epidemic than drugs ever were, according to the CDC, 1 out of every 3 adults in the U.S. are obese, not overweight, but obese.

I believe the explanation for America’s obesity problem is not people not knowing what and how to eat (although this may be true for some). I think the number one reason is poor diet.  We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we don’t take time to prepare meals and sit down to eat at the dinner table.  Instead, we eat either at fast food restaurants or only once a day engorging ourselves with too many calories.

Unfortunately, most people wake up every single day dreading to get out of bed and go to work because they hate their jobs, or perhaps they don’t have a job, and they hate life and who they’ve become.  Many people wonder how they’ve ventured so far away from that little kid that had a head full of possibilities, who was okay with being himself or herself.

So many people are constantly on a quest to find the next best thing that is going to make them happy. They scramble in fast pursuit to find meaning, wealth, and a bigger house/ They’re consumed with thoughts like: “maybe I should move here,” “or only if I this career. “ The sad fact is we’re looking everywhere but where happiness can actually can be found.

The truth is, happiness can only exist when we are in the midst of our journey—content with the realization that we’ve been blessed with a purpose, and we are in full pursuit of discovering all the possibilities.  The goal is not to reinvent ourselves, but to polish ourselves.

Unfortunately, most of us are not encouraged to be ourselves, to walk our individual path or follow our unique journey. Instead, we are all on quest of attempting to pursue someone else’s life, someone else’s journey.  We all believe the same formula which makes someone else happy will make us happy.  We quest for that life only to discover it’s a thirst that can never be quenched.  We discover that it’s a thirst that only brings more thirst.  We place ourselves in a position where we want and need more because, in the end, we are no closer to happiness than when we started.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase,”This life is what you make it.”  I think the truth is, “This life is about what you discover, what you discover about yourself.”

I’ll leave you with this thought…

Why not invest in the idea that we all have a precise reason for being, a precise job that we are supposed to be doing?  Why not believe we are all pieces of a grand puzzle that fits together perfectly in the eyes of the who designed the puzzle?  Why not take the time to reflect and meditate on who you are, what you are capable of, and rejoice in the concept of self discovery?

Until next time,