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Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Meaning of Life...

I think we all
want basically
the same thing:

to be loved
to be respected
to feel worthwhile
to be appreciated
to share
to help
to feel good
to feel accomplished
to find one's self
to do something creative
or important
to make a difference
in an other's life
to be remembered...

I think
life gets complicated
when the ego
 becomes a priority.

When blame,
bitterness
& resentment
fill
each
waking
hour
and
deafens
the ear
and blinds the eye.

When injustice
steals a life
by force,
way
too
soon
and
knocks
the life force
from
all
who
loved.

When pain or disease
twist
& warp
the
best of
intentions
to
avoid
imprisonment
of
a
soul.

No one
in good consciousness
wants
to watch
 a loved one
suffer

When we give
ourselves away
too soon
selling
short
&
settling
instead
of
taking the time
to
appreciate
ourselves.

We must have tools:
faith
hope
positive attitude
empathy
humor
compromise
self reliance
character
integrity
peace...

We come into this world
prewired by our genetics
molded by our parents...
The lucky ones
are loved
&
 lead by
example.

We learn constantly
directly
&
indirectly
filtering
questioning
evaluating
striving
to
be
who
we
were
meant
to be.

We must have
boundaries
&
freedom
to
find
fairness.

~~ dkb

9 comments:

gayle said...

That was beautiful! I needed that reminder this morning. Life is so hard at times!

Donna B said...

Thank you Gayle. You, Jeanie, Mari, Teresa, Marylinn, betty (Corgi),Betty,cmom,Linda,Simone (Chocolate..), Human Kind of Human, Jetty, Linda Lou, Penny, Caroline and a few other regulars are a huge support to me on both blogs. It is so incredible how our friendships channel through our computers and bring so much comfort and joy. Our daily lives and challenges are intertwined. You all help to inspire me.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

that was beautifully written! thanks for the shout-out, too. i fully second your comments here.

That corgi :) said...

thanks Donna for your kind words. this was very profound what you wrote. Lots to think about, but I do think a lot of us struggle with the meaning of life and purpose of our lives, that's why for me and faith, it helps put some things into perspective :)

I hope it is a good day for you

betty

Donna B said...

betty: Thank you! I enjoyed Rick Warren's book, PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE. Have you read it? To simplify the meaning of life, simply ask yourself, "What would Jesus do?" and you have your answer. When I am freaked and stressed, I ask, "Lord, please keep me in your Spirit and give me peace". I say it once with genuine feeling and immediately I feel His presence. It is wonderful. I totally agree with you.

Teresa: Thank you...your friendship is valued.

penjandrum said...

Beautiful - such depth of feeling.
You said in a reply that:
"It is so incredible how our friendships channel through our computers and bring so much comfort and joy. Our daily lives and challenges are intertwined."
Indeed. I read your poem, closed my eyes and imagined everyone in a circle of support and good will and prayer.
XOXO
Penny

Donna B said...

Hi Penny, I am so flattered you quoted me. It is true though, I feel so close to many of you through our common interests and struggles. It is such a privilege to read and share intermost thoughts. All the support our family has received for Dad has been very moving, to say the least. I too feel that "sacred circle" of support, prayer and good will. I am so glad we met.

Lily Robinson said...

Donna, that was beautiful.

Donna B said...

Thank you Lily...