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Meaningless, Meaningless, Everything is Meaningless
There are many people who do not believe in God, and that is just that. However, to even the most ardent Atheist I proclaim that there is a lot of wisdom found in the Bible. This wisdom cannot be challenged.
The book of Ecclesiastes is by far my favorite book in the Bible. This book lays it all out. It answers life's question, "Why are we here?" We are here to do and be and live and eat and drink and be merry. Ecclesiastes 2:24 says, " A person can do nothing better than to eat and and find satisfaction in their own toil." I hear people all the time complaining about their job. It is boring. They don't pay well. They don't like their supervisor. They don't like their co-workers. The list of complaints is eternal. To these people I say, enjoy your work. Be happy in your work. Enjoy your work for its own sake. Find something about your work that you can like. If you do this, I guarantee you, your life will be more pleasant. We spend 8+ hours per day doing work, toiling. If you find something to like about your work, then believe me when I tell you, you will spend 8+ hours being happy.
If the only reason you like your work is because it pays you? Then that is fantastic. The money you make from working will allow you to eat and drink and be merry. Be grateful that you work and get paid and have money to eat and to drink. Relish this reality. The next time you go to lunch or to dinner, savor your food and your drinks. The purpose of life is to enjoy your work and then enjoy your food and drink.
The book of Ecclesiastes simplifies existence. There is no grand mystery to life. Life is the enjoyment of work and eating and drinking. That's it. That is all we are supposed to do. Find joy in your toil. Then after toiling, find joy in eating and drinking and being merry. Everything else is meaningless, meaningless, meaningless. :-)
How many people live in depression? Are you a person who lives depressed? Find work my friend. Find work and like that work. Whatever type of work you find, embrace it. Many people have "dream jobs". A person grows up and says, "I want to be a pilot. I want to be an actor. I want to be an athlete." This is great. We should all have dreams, as they push us forward. At the same time, while you pursue these "dream jobs", take delight in the work that is before you. I guarantee you, you will no longer be depressed. Find meaning in meaninglessness. Find meaning in the act of working.
If you find meaning in the act of working, then your life will have meaning. Yes, at the end of the day, at the end of our lives, everything will seem meaningless. However, if you find meaning in your toil, then your life will not have been meaningless. Today, just today, I urge you to find something that you like about your work. Then, when you get home, and you buy yourself a meal, take delight in that meal. That meal is the reward for your work. We toil so that we may eat so that we may toil again. Enjoy the work. Enjoy your eats and drinks, and your life will take on a new meaning. Try it.
There is a certain comfort and joy that comes from enjoying your work. A pixel is only a minute piece of a larger image. By itself, a pixel is meaningless. It represents nothing. However, many pixels placed together create something spectacular. The same is true of our daily lives. Each day can seem like a boring routine, meaningless in and of itself. However, once we place each of our days together, a life is created. Therefore, in reality, just as a pixel contributes to the larger image, each of our days contributes to our life as a whole. In that, we can find meaning. We can find meaning in our toil. We can find meaning in eating and drinking and in doing it all over again tomorrow.
Truth is experienced. Experience it.