While most people seem too busy spending their lives trying to survive, there are some who do not feel comfortable living until they discover a higher purpose or true meaning of their existence, namely, a purpose that not only makes more sense but also provides the driving force in their daily life.
Without a doubt, every human being has an innate need to know, or at least believe s/he knows, the reason/s why it is worth getting out of bed every day.
The reasons obviously evolve as we age.
The most common reasons are those that bring greater joy to life. Thus, the need to seek happiness seems to arise by default without realizing that happiness is not something to be sought, for it must be lived in the present time.
Sadly, the conditions that we humans are subjected to, which keep us from realizing this fact, are almost endless.
On the one hand, we are subjected to our likes or desires and to our dislikes or dislikes. On the other hand, we are subject to the wishes and likes of others and also to their dislikes and disaffections.
Despite the conditioning we are continually subjected to, there is a reason that always seems somewhat furtive or distant, namely the fundamental reason why we were born in this given time and space.
Few seem to be those who not only wonder about this fundamental reason for their existence but also do something to find it or, at least, attempt to explain it.
In the end, nothing seems to be really relevant, except the fact that no one comes out of this experience called life alive.
Hence the importance of reconciling our wishes and concerns with what our destiny has prepared for us. And if we don’t like what destiny has prepared for us, we must do something about it.
In any case, sooner or later, we will always face the consequences and, therefore, it is better to prevent and be safe than to lament and be sorry.
How can we prevent rather than regret the decisions we make in life?
In the first place, avoiding falling into the trap of immediate gratification that automatically subjects us to the Law of diminishing Marginal Utility / Satisfaction.
Second and obviously, anticipating the consequences by taking actions that guarantee a result in accordance with our wishes or circumstances of the moment.
But most importantly, we must strive everyday to be true to ourselves, regardless of the purpose or meaning that we believe in.
Being true to ourselves means, above all, respecting ourselves by knowing that our body is the ‘vehicle’ we need while traveling through time and space in a literal sense.
And what is this ‘vehicle’ transporting?
This ‘vehicle’ is transporting a spark of Divinity, namely, our Spiritual being.
Hence, the importance of taking care of our body.
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.