And I am irresistibly a part of that everything of life. As humans, our primary instinct and goal is to stay alive ourselves and help each other stay alive.
We are naturally inclined to sustain life. So what if all life IS one?
We are only identified as individuals because we have different bodies which carry different subjective experiences of life. Perhaps as individuals, we are all just vehicles, really. A vehicle can grow old physically and wither and die, but after death of an individual vehicle, life itself continues, anew, and in others who are still living. So if all life is one, and you are a part of that one, you ARE that one, then why would you care about the death of the individual self, which is merely a vehicle?
You are a part of the universe, of life. And life will continue, so so will you. What a beautiful thought.
Am I the only one who gets chills reading that? As articulated by Comte-Sponville:. I may have lost you already.
And you may be thinking- what a load of bollocks, what a cop-out, what desperate grasping at straws to avoid confronting the certainty of death and that your loved ones will all die. The eternal yes of being, because being is all we have and is all there is. I prefer to think that as an atheist, I am a healthy skeptic. My atheism is the lack of belief in the conventional tenets of organized religion, most of which worship a single deity and contain elaborate, comprehensive theorems about the origin of life.
But even that is a tricky subject that can be written and postulated endlessly about. Yet that very question does not seem to matter so much when the importance of the self and subjective experiences ceases to be everything. But how does that translate to finding meaning in individual life? To that, I say, if you truly understand and believe in the idea of oneness, then the question answers itself. There is no purpose of living. Living is the purpose. You contribute to life.
Bourg Carter on Facebook and Twitter. Carter; this is a wonderful post. I remember reading an article written by a hospital intern who had spoken to those nearing the ends of their lives. What stuck with me was her message that the most frequent desires or regrets that those people had were related to their connections and relationships with other people.
For example, some people regretted having not mended a broken relationship with others. Items I've seen listed on bucket lists tend to be one-shot, individual activities e. I think those activities are fine, but there's something to be said about regularly contributing to the well-being of others by, for instance, regularly volunteering one's time and efforts to help those in need.
There have been countless PT blogs about spending on experiences with others being a greater contributor of happiness than spending on material gain. So it's not hard to imagine that doing so will not only lead to a more meaningful, fulfilling legacy, but also a happier life as well. Life isn't about how much money you make or what material possessions you have. Enjoying just a few good friends and relatives, taking in the environment around you, and maybe ng a good single malt once in a while are the real components of lasting happiness.
My thanks to you Dr Carter as well as to the previous poster, Kenii, for sentiments of prescience and profound words of wisdom.
Actually, as I now am feeling, thank you Dr Carter for your legacy in today's post. Saying "I get to" instead of "I have to" can lessen stress. Developing a solid game plan can make job hunting much more successful. Recognizing the common reactions after job loss can help you move on. Back Find a Therapist. What Causes Stress Eating? Parenting Adolescents and the Choice-Consequence Connection.
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Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy. I agree Submitted by Glenn on November 10, - 7: Very touched Submitted by Mike on November 9, - Great article, I am Submitted by Joe on November 19, - 8: Great article, I am definitely keeping this one. Post Comment Your name. E-mail The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Notify me when new comments are posted. Am I to concern myself with an allotment of days I never had and was never promised? Must I check off each day of my life as if I am subtracting from this imaginary hoard? No, on the contrary, I will add each day of my life to my treasure of days lived.
And with each day, my treasure will grow, not diminish. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. Being alive is the special occasion. What a fabulous list of quotes! Each and every one of them is a gem and I know I'll be writing a few of these down and taping them to my mirror as a reminder to myself.
Originally Answered: Are we dying to live or living to die? The day you were born, Your mom literally was suffering which you can say dying so that she sees you. My name is Marc Freccero and I am a DJ/Music Producer that goes by the name of Prismic. I am driven by inspiring people to love life and pursue their dreams.
When I'm weary and overburdened, I love to turn to an article like this to remind me there really is an alternative to a lifestyle that's too busy. Positive reading helps me remain positive. Just finished a book called Make it Count by Lance Mannion and it was a wonderful, inspiring novel with a good message about making every day count. I finished the book and immediately began searching the net for info.
Sure glad I came across this article. Not everyone can just jump out of their current life and "just go for it" without letting someone else down. These quotes are extremely inspirational. They can really assist individuals in learning and comprehending not to rush life, because it will only be terminated someday, as we all know. Here's another quote that I created myself about living life like you're dying: However, all of them do matter, and not one is totally useless.
Saying "I get to" instead of "I have to" can lessen stress.