Disclaimer: These are my views. My chosen core beliefs. Please, please, do not take this as gospel. Because it’s not.
The purpose of life is to gain eternal happiness.
That’s it. That’s all you need to know. You can stop reading now.
Or not. Because, really, What is Purpose? What is Life? What is Eternal Happiness for that matter?
Purpose is your reason for living. Some look for that reason in faith. Others look for it in reason itself. Wherever you look for it - if you are looking, then you have purpose. And if you don’t find it when you think you should, you may be tempted to stop living. Suicide is always an option. But I don’t recommend it. Instead, I hope you find a reason to go on living. I hope you find a purpose. Or make one at least.
Life is Now. Life is Later. Life is here. And I choose to believe that Life is After. But no matter how you define your life, it has to have a reason to go on. It has to have a purpose.
You see, I think that every life’s path is shaped by the choices each of us make. For example, I chose to be married. Now, no matter what choices I make going forward, I can never go back to the person who doesn’t know what it’s like to be married. That single choice, along with all the other choices I have made, has contributed to the shape of my unique life path.
Eternal is however long a life path lasts. Maybe you believe that death is the end of it. I choose to believe that a life path is like a mathematical line. I can draw a line on a paper
And I know that, mathematically, the line is infinite in both directions, even if I can only see five or six inches of it. That’s how I choose to believe eternity is, because this belief contributes to my happiness.
Happiness is the natural consequence of certain choices along a life path. While there are probably a lot of common variables, True Happiness is different for each person on the earth. The trick - the purpose - is to find and make the choices that will sync your life’s path with your eternal happiness. No one can do this perfectly. But for me, it’s worth a try.
Now, I don’t live in a bubble. Or a bed of thorn-less roses. Life paths cross. They collide. They affect each other. And it can hurt. A lot. But it doesn’t have to hurt your eternal happiness. Because Happiness is a Choice. Your Choice.
How do I know this? (Or for those skeptics out there: why do I think this?) Because I’ve done it. I’m doing it. I have found my eternal happiness. Is it easy? Am I perfect at it? No, of course not. It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done.
But isn’t that what real success is built on?
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)