I am not sure that life has a single, universal meaning. I suspect that life, specifically your life, has whatever meaning you wish to give it. You might think, “I’m no one. This moment is small and unimportant; I will just keep going about my day.” I confess I have thought this more than once. Then I remember when I was 11 years old and my father died unexpectedly. I am not sure his life had “meaning,” but his passing sure meant a lot to me and my family. My father took a single “unimportant” step which resulted in his death. A common benign action that he had done countless times before became, in a single moment, an exquisite teacher when I learned that life is brief.
My developing brain was altered by an insignificant moment. It changed me fundamentally to realize I have only “one precious life.” We can’t know what the meaning of life is, but rest assured your life has meaning. That meaning is often felt deepest from the connections we have to ourselves and to others. Our relationships create invisible bonds that support us. These relationships can be challenging, and yes, they may need to be adjusted as you age and grow.
Despite what you might have thought, these nudges and suggestions to change aren’t because your life is being graded or judged. What you are experiencing is the awakening of a universal truth that your life is slipping away, each day, hour or minute you wait to become alive. Typically this “truth” scares the pants off everyone, prompting you to pretend you have more time. This thought that you have time becomes the cage, a prison called “tomorrow.” In this prison, you believe, “Tomorrow I will start to be alive. Tomorrow I will follow my dream; tomorrow I will honor my feelings.”
Wake up! Step out of your prison cell called “tomorrow”! Run as fast as you can toward the people, causes and events that give your life meaning. Life is brief, much shorter than you can ever realize. Which is why, for me, it is your passion that becomes the meaning of life.
~Megrette Fletcher M.Ed, RD, CDE is a cofounder of The Center for Mindful Eating and has served in many positions, including as the 2013-2016 president. She is a public speaker and author of a number of books, including Discover Mindful Eating for Kids, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes with Michelle M.D.; Discover Mindful Eating: A resource of handouts for health professionals with Frederick Burggraf. Megrette has also crafted detailed training for both the consumer and professional, including Am I Hungry: Diabetes, The Before, During and After the Bite Workshop, and The Core Concepts of Mindful Eating online training. She is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who has worked at an area hospital for over 16 years.
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