What’s The Meaning of Life?

Day 45 - Project 365 - 14th Feb 08: TEARS OF JOY (Valentine Red Rose Macro)"Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope." ~ Tom Head

When J.R. LeMar posted this question in my 10 for 10 Special blog post:

I’ll give you an easy question: What is the meaning of life?

I laughed and thought: How on earth am I supposed to answer that?

It just seems to be the hardest and simplest question to try to respond to. I mean, we all know that the question is loaded and huge. Yet, at the same time, there are basic, easy answers that come to mind when we think of that question.

And, while we may all have similar answers to the same question, each of us would probably have a different way of looking at it.

So, yes, to me, the meaning of life is what we make it out to be.

Sometimes, life is about celebrating personal milestones and goals... or being joyful in someone else's special achievements.

Or, it can be about digging in to a big bowl of banana split sundae and finding all sorts of sweet, crunchy, soft, goeey things in every scrumptious bite. On your own - or with someone special (or with a number of special folks! 🙂)

Other times, it can be about sharing the most inane Skype conversations with friends, family, or even co-workers. And, finding yourself really smiling when you type in the smiley emoticons... or laughing your head off at the silliest jokes.

Some moments, it's about seeing old friends, catching up with loved ones, making new friends, building fresh relationships...

Or, it can be just about stretching out and enjoying a wonderful sunny day that feels perfect in every way. Or perhaps, curling up under the blankets with a nice book and a cup of tea. Or even finding an extra burst of bliss upon the sight of a bud to show the signs of spring approaching.

Life can also be about little bits of daily serendipity... like when I encountered this video by someone called Santé title "The Meaning of Life" while I was trying to think of how to blog the answer to J.R.'s question. What a joy to watch! I hope you like it too.

And perhaps, if you get the chance, you can share with us YOUR answer to the question: What is the meaning of life?

P.S. - This video made me remember that we should be paying more attention to the moments when we're doing something that makes us sigh and think (directly or not): "This is the life!" , as they may be the very things that give our lives meaning.

About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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