If you have started reading this post. STOP! Go back and watch this video. It’s about 13 minutes long and worth every second.
My son posted this on his Facebook page last night and left the comment “This is beautiful.” Now generally, when I see a post that someone says is beautiful, I watch it and say, “Meh.” But really, this is a beautiful video if for no other reason that it makes you think. REALLY think. If it didn’t, check your pulse.
It seems that once I reached my late 30s and realized that it was o.k. to feel, I’ve been on a bit of a mission. I don’t even think that mission is a proper word. I think that around the year 2000 I realized that I was on a journey. As part of that journey, I knew that I needed to quit thinking about myself and start to think of others. Thank God for that! No, really, thanks GOD for that. If it wasn’t for Him I’d be dead in either the physical or spiritual sense. Truthfully, I was dead in the spiritual sense. It was Him who brought me back to life.
As I watch this video, it was as if I was on this train with the other passengers, answering his questions. There were a handful of questions that the filmmaker, Luke Rudkowski, asked people which really stood out to me. I’m not sure if I even know the answers but I’m trying to find them.
Why are we here? I have to believe it’s for a better reason than to just take up space and oxygen on Earth. This is the million dollar question. In my somewhat cynical point of view, I also think it’s a question not many people care about. Look at society and what is happening (insert cynicism). And if people do care and continue to live life the way that society seems to be, then we are nothing more than a bunch of self-center people.
Back to the question–Why are we here? In a way, we are here in order to become the best versions of ourselves. For many, including me, that means being a Christian. As far as I’m concerned, if you aren’t Christian and you are still trying to become the best version of yourself, that’s o.k. I’m not here to push my Christianity on you. I hope you join me if you aren’t a Christian, because the changes He brought to my heart are what I want for everyone.
Anyway, when people begin to move outside of the world of “me” and begin to think of “we,” things change. That change begins, first and foremost, in the heart. If you don’t change your heart first, nothing will happen. The brain and heart are so interconnected that if your thought process has changed, chances are your heart has too. In my case, it was the softening of a hardened heart.
What motivates you more, fear or love? I was thrilled that people in the video gravitated more towards love than fear. I mean, if fear motivates you, generally you think more about yourself than others. If love is a motivating factor, your moving towards thinking of others first, and you secondly.
Think of how powerful love is. It is the single biggest emotion that we have, yet it has the ability to be pushed towards the back when things go wrong. There is one guarantee in life. We all want to be loved.
No, really, Think about that for a second. We ALL want to be loved. It is often when we feel unloved that we gravitate towards the negative. When you were a child, did you want to be angry?
The video went on to ask about “what makes you happy” and “what is the meaning of life?” I think these two questions are really closely associated. To be truthful, they fall into the “why are we here” category. If you know why you are here, doesn’t that lead to happiness? Doesn’t that also lead to a closer understanding of the meaning of life? Honestly, I don’t know the answers to the questions. I think I have a better understanding of the questions, but not the answers. What I think might be the answer today, would be something completely different tomorrow. Maybe that’s why we are on this journey called life.
Happiness is a tough one for me to talk about. It wasn’t until the last 10 years that I feel like I’ve found happiness. I’m talking true happiness; the kind of happiness that brings an inner peace. Prior to 2000, I had incredibly happy segments of time (my marriage and birth of my children) but true inner peace didn’t exist. I credit God for helping that to happen. Luckily, He put people in my life (my wife, kids and friends) to help that come to fruition.
More than anything, we all have the ability to teach each other. So I’m curious. What do you think about this video?
Why are we here? What motivates you, love or fear? What makes you happy? What is the meaning of life?
Until next time,