“Joy, deeper than happiness, is a virtue that finds its foundation in the knowledge that we are loved by God.”
~ Fr. James Martin, SJ,
from Between Heaven and Mirth
Life has meaning only if one barters it
day by day
for something other than itself.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I could blame it on my continued disregard for Judge Richard Cebull and his racism.
But I won’t.
I could blame it on my puppy for dropping a load in my office.
But I won’t.
I could blame it on ________ or __________ or ____________.
And believe me, considering I really have little reason to be feeling or acting sour, it’s tempting to blame it all on anything but my state of mind or lack of motivation. I have a very, very good life and the blessings that this life includes should be all of the fuel I need for a wonderful day. Some days it takes more effort to see them than others.
To that end, I googled the word “meaning” and found these interesting quotes:
Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
Muhammad AliWords mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.
C. S. Lewis
Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.
Tony RobbinsYou see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.
I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here.