BOOK CLUB TIME
Something I love about @dr_radha is how we can sit eating our lunch talking about the meaning of life in a busy green room as though we were discussing what happened on Corrie. The other week we chatted about how we’ve both always questioned life too much - I posted yesterday about how I remember being a young child thinking ‘why are we here and what is the point?’
We are all trying to fill that empty hole of ‘what’s the point?’ with something. Is it with working, success, money, fame, children, relationships, friends, sporting achievements, followers, likes, awards, qualifications, drugs, alcohol, food, self improvement, fitness, helping people? I’ve certainly tried to fill mine with some of this stuff and inevitably you realise in the end that there isn’t eternal happiness waiting at the end of any of these things, and accepting that, and doing what makes us happy without expecting some sort of complete feeling at the end of it, is the only way we can be content. I think that’s the conclusion we came to anyway Radha? 😂
Radha recommended this book and I’d never read it. I’m a big fan of the alchemist and it’s got a similar vibe. It’s definitely a satisfying read for people who will resonate with everything I’ve said above.
We swap little bits of our lives for the stuff we do. Life = Stuff , Stuff = Life, does your equation balance?
Are the events in your life happening to you, or happeneing for you? Is the end of something - beautiful or unpleasant?
The minute you decide to focus on something, you give meaning to it with a feeling. The meaning you assign to any experience defines your emotional tone. This emotional state determines the quality of your life.
Stuff = Situations.
Situations = Meaning
Meaning = Emotions
Emotions = Life
This is the essence. The meaning you give events in your life influences your interactions, beaviour, motivation and outcome.
It is how you take it. Everything is a situation, not a problem. With you deciding to be more conscious of the meaning you give your experiences, you redirect yourself to a happier and more fulfilling life.
So here is something for you to think about:
How much time do you spend in ‘stuff’ that is unproductive and unvaluable for you?
Saint of the Day
Luke was a Greek doctor, historian and amateur artist; he wrote 27.5% of the New Testament although he never actually met Jesus.
Luke converted to Christianity after the stoning of St Stephen, the Protomartyr. He was a big fan of St Paul and accompanied him on his evangelical tour around the Mediterranean; they even got shipwrecked together on the Maltese coast.
Luke painted the first portraits of the Virgin including a four foot high icon painted on a cedar table top from Joseph and Mary’s kitchen.
Luke recorded in his gospel the Annunciation and the stories of the Good Samaritan, Prodigal Son and Raising of Lazarus.
He was murdered, hung from an olive tree, by people who disagreed with him about religion.
His relics are distributed as follows: body in Padua, head in Prague, one rib in his tomb at Thebes.
Here is a great picture of Luke painting the Virgin: @email@example.com