Life: Why?



Far too often we can easily fall into the habit of assuming that life is a trial, some sort of painful process that we must go through to reach some “mythical” or “promised” destination. For some, that destination might be “heaven”, for others it might be “paradise”, or it might be some form of “reincarnation”, but it is a recorded fact that the vast majority of people do actually choose to believe that this is not all there is – that there is something greater and better to come, in the “hereafter”.  I’m certainly not going to dispute their beliefs or their faith – that is personal to them and I respect every individual’s right to choose their own path. For me personally, I do believe in an “hereafter”, but only in so far as I know that we are made of energy and energy can never be destroyed, it can only be converted; so what that “hereafter” may look like I have absolutely no idea and even less concern. I (like every single one of you reading this) am eternal. The energy that makes up the essential me always was, and always will be.


No indeed, the hereafter can look after itself. What I am concerned to talk about is the here and now – the PRESENT; this thing we call life. On average most of us will have around 28,000 days of life on this planet (some a little more and some a little less) and what concerns me is how we spend those days. What are we supposed to do with this thing called life? I would pose the question: Does it make any sense that we would be put on this planet to struggle, to suffer and to experience great pain – slaving at a job that neither fulfills us nor excites us just so we can grab a few fleeting moments of joy and pleasure at weekends (if we’re lucky)? What would be the point of a life like that? Sadly, for many, that is exactly how they would describe their own lives.
Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way – life IS supposed to be wonderful.


One of the first things we should understand is that EVERYONE and I do mean everyone that inhabits this beautiful world called Earth has a special and unique talent that can and should be shared with the world. Unfortunately the vast majority of us never get to understand or realize what that unique talent is and deprive ourselves and everyone else of the joy and creativity that they could be indulging in. For me, that unique talent is the ability to share my thoughts, ideas and visions through the written word and although it took me far too many of my 28,000 allotted days to discover that talent, I am now committed and excited to spend the rest of the days I have left doing exactly that – writing.


An enormous clue to discovering your unique talent is to be found in a quotation from mylthologist Joseph Campbell when he told us; “To Follow our Bliss”. Everyone should sit down and consider what it is they do that takes them to a place of bliss, a place of pure joy and happiness. For some, that place of bliss could be; hiking in the great outdoors, for others it may be listening to or playing great music or for others it could be something as simple as gardening on a beautiful day. The point is that whatever it is that makes us experience those moments of great joy and great bliss, within that activity lies our unique talent and gift. Once we have discovered that and determined to pursue it I guarantee doors will open and circumstances will change.So, to answer the question I posed in the title of this blog: Life – Why? In one word the purpose of life is to be HAPPY! All success and fulfillment in life comes from HAPPINESS and happiness comes from the perspective of LOVE. To achieve happiness and fulfillment in life, you really must “fall in love with life” and cease to view it as a trial or a struggle that you must get through. You should wake up every morning excited and thrilled at the opportunities each new day has to offer.

Now, I want to finish by challenging every single person that reads this to do just one thing after having read it.


I don’t want you to quit your job and hightail it off to a Tibetan monastery or to an Indian Yogi, or whatever, to seek further enlightenment. I don’t even want you to make massive changes in your life. I just want you to do this:Sometime in the next few days I want you to find some time for yourself. Just thirty minutes where you won’t be interrupted by children, by your spouse, or by your electronic devices (in fact turn off your cellphone for thirty whole minutes – can you do that?) I want you to sit down in a quiet room and write a list of what truly excites you, what gives you real pleasure and joy. These can be things you already do (such as hobbies or interests) or they can be things you’ve always wanted to try (a sort of bucket list), but most importantly they must be things that you know will put you in that place of bliss.Now, over the next week I want you to either spend some time indulging in that activity or making concrete plans to try one thing you’ve always dreamed of trying. When you do this I want you to picture yourself actually participating in that event. I want you to feel the emotion, the excitement, the trepidation even, of trying something new. When you are finished I want you to feel in your mind that you have already achieved it. I want you to feel the excitement and sense of achievement of accomplishing that thing. Most of all I want you to treasure and remember the feeling of bliss you experienced when participating in your activity. It is from this type of exercise that your unique talent will make itself aware to you. You will probably receive a massive flash of inspiration or intuition that this is something you are not only good at, it is something that fills you with joy and happiness. This is what life is supposed to be about.


I’ll leave you today with one final thought: Every day this coming week, when you wake up in the morning, before you get out of bed, even before you start to think about the day ahead and what it might hold for you, just say the following sentence to yourself (saying it out loud is even more powerful and effective): “Today I CHOOSE to be happy”. The power of those words is enough to set your day off on the right foot. “TODAY I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!”
This article is an abridged version of a much more expansive article on the topic. The full text of the original article can be found here:
Grant Leishman
I am an expatriate New Zealander living in Manila, The Philippines, with my wife and two step-daughters. At age 55, after careers in Finance and Journalism, I have finally discovered my true passion in life - writing and I am now truly "living the dream", writing full-time.

My first novel is a romantic fantasy about the return of Jesus Christ to modern day Manila to try and sort out the problems of the world - yet again! It was published in June 2015. My second novel "Just a Drop in the Ocean" is completed and should be published later in 2015. The sequel to "The Second Coming" - "The Rise of the AntiChrist" is now with the publishers. I am working on third and final book in the series "Holy War"
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