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The first step may be to see life as a game and stop taking it so seriously.

It may be important to understand that life is a game, and that nobodies rules are the same.

We may all be in the same game, just different levels – dealing with the same hell, just different devils.

Life’s not a video game – you can’t have an extra life or try again.

If life’s a game, all you have to do is know how to play it.  (Play the role, without being attached.)

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.    Jean de la Bruyere


Surely growth, learning and reaching maturity must be a purpose and have meaning for life:

Maslow provides the hierarchy of needs, leading to Self-Actualization

Covey gives the seven habits, leading to Interdependence

Jung writes about the four stages of adulthood, ending when you realize you are a Spiritual being having a human experience.   The first stage is the athlete, when identification is our physical prowess.  The second stage is the warrior, when we extend our prowess to conquering the world – setting goals, accomplishing things, defeating other people.  The third stage is the statesman, when you try to transcend your ego and begin to ask how you can serve and make this a better place.  Many people get to this stage in their lives, but Jung said the highest stage is the fourth stage.  The fourth stage is the spiritual, when you realize that you’re none of the three things – the athlete,  the warrior or the statesman.  When you realize you are a spiritual being having a human experience (rather than the other way around) your consciousness shifts out of the material world and is able to go into the other world.






Detachment is experiencing your feelings without allowing them to control you – step back and look at things objectively.

Let go and accept what you cannot change – detach from others choices.

Choose how you will act, rather than just react – step away from harmful decisions and courses of action.

Detachment allows you to listen and see mistakes honestly – then to make amends and fresh starts.

Detachment allows you to be in the world but not of it – it frees you to lead your life with greater understanding.

The past is all but gone (a memory), the future is just a dream (a hope), but the present is where you can experience life (the now).

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.     Marcus Aurelius

Unhappiness is created whenever you are out of alignment with the present moment.     Eckhart Tolle

Religion and meaning can be simple – no temples or complicated philosophies.  Our own heart/soul is our temple.  The philosophy is Kindness.

A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect.  It is about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others.  It is only then that we can have a full, happy and contented life.

We are visitors on this planet.  We are here for ninety or one hundred years.  During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives.  If you contribute to other peoples happiness, you will find the true good, the true meaning of life.   HH the 14th Dalai Lama


If you wait until you find the meaning of life, will there be enough life left to live meaningful?

Life has no meaning.  Each of us has meaning, and we bring it to life.  It is a waste of time to be asking the question when you are the answer.

The idea is to die young … as late as possible.

Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had.

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.     Socrates

Religion is often following the messenger – Spirituality is more often following the message.

Religion is an agreement between a group of people about what G-d is – Spirituality is a one-on-one relationship.

Spirituality does not always come from religion – but it almost always comes from our soul.

Although there may be differences, both can be helpful in your search for meaning.  Remember, however, we are all visitors to this time and place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love … and then to return home.