Student: What’s the meaning to life?
Teacher: Here is what happens when it comes to the meaning that you give events in your life.
First: Whenever you take the time to focus on an event in your life – you make a choice.
Second: The choice you make is this – you decide to notice what is disempowering about the situation … or … you decide to notice what is empowering about the situation. You ask, “What sucks about this?” … or … you ask, “What’s great about this?”>
Third: Life never gives you one end of a stick; all sticks have two ends; and so it is that in every adversity is the seed of an equivalent good, and in every blessing lies a curse.
Just simply deciding which end of the stick you will look for gives you the meaning that you tab onto the event, and that meaning gives you a blueprint for the kind of experience you will have.
“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.”
– Kahil Gibran