People ask a lot of questions over their lifetimes. Sometimes we find answers that are satisfactory, other times we find ourselves asking the same questions over and over again. Why are we hear? What is my purpose in life? Sometimes we go through changes as we try on new answers for the questions that arise. I am still relatively young, and I am sure I have a lot to learn, but I believe I may have a few of the answers. As I was browsing my G+ social networking feed, I came across a pearl of wisdom that helped me to formulate a more concrete understanding as to why we are here, and what our purpose is.
Most people will agree that we are social creatures, and that we should be forming meaningful and worthwhile relationships with others. Not only with other human beings, but with all life, wherever it can be found. We, as human beings, possess an intellect and a depth of emotional understanding that goes far beyond our biological siblings. We know a tree is alive, and the grass, and the ants, and the sea-gulls, but do they weep or read text-books? Of course they do not. They go about their business as usual, growing and living and maintaining their tiny piece of the whole. We have the privilege to be aware of their ways, and their relevance- no matter how small- in maintaining the beautiful web of interconnected life that is our domain. We, having the broadest understanding and the broadest capability, are the hosts of this great planet and all its inhabitants. We are hosts. That is our primary purpose. We are hosts!!
It is so simple and pure and it makes everything else snap into place in my minds eye. We are hosts. We are the ones who see the whole picture. We are the ones that can understand the depth of emotion that is needed for things like justice, morality, and freedom to exist. We are the ones that can discern right from wrong. We are hosts. To each other and to every other living creature on this blue-green gem.
What better purpose could humankind serve? If we accept this idea of being hosts we can immediately go out and help the world become a better place. We can go out today and help all who we have the capacity to help. A toddler could help and infant. We are all in a unique position to reach out and help those around us. If we viewed them as our charge, in the capacity of host, we would find purpose and fulfillment around every turn. We could pour out our knowledge and understanding to all those who need, effectively raising up our guests and teaching them to be a good host as well. We can and should help all those who we can, whenever we can, and graciously accept help from others as well.
I think that if we where all to be honest with ourselves and others, we would find that above all else we desire to be purposeful, and to have a feeling of fulfillment. We can go around chasing dollar signs and amassing material wealth and spending like daddy war-bucks, but we only find the joyous and exuberant love and peace that makes our hearts swell and our minds reel when we are serving other living creatures. We are hosts. A good host serves and entertains their guests with the very best. Are you offering your best?
Inspiration can come from anywhere, anytime. Here’s the link to the very post that got me thinking so deeply.
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