Nature, the essay that pioneered the transcendentalist
movement two centuries ago, concluded with a beautiful passage about
independence and the making of meaning.
Build, therefore, your own world. As
fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold
its great proportions. A correspondent revolution in things will attend the
influx of the spirit.
An eloquent reminder that meaning is always in front of
us to be harvested. That it is in our power to determine meaning for ourselves.
And that once we learn to feel beneath the surface of our doings and unearth a
deeper level of significance beyond all of our superficial concepts about what
we need to be happy, we can experience the luminous sense of being vitally
Vulnerability is a great starting point. Because anytime the carefree
ride of our life slams into a stone wall; anytime a jarring experience
dissuades us of our delusions and cures us of our arrogance, we enter into the
valley of humility.
We get sad and lonely and bloody and pissed. And yet, it is
from that place of rawness and humanity where we are perhaps closest to the
meaning of our existence.
What is that meaning, exactly? It’s not what we
think. Not at all.
It’s far more momentous than the transitory satisfactions of
It’s that sacred influx of the spirit.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Do you trust that your existence has meaning even when the world seems to be nothing but blind chance and chaos? * * * *
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