The meaning of life…

Now that’s likely to get a hit or two.

A friend asked me the other day (after a long and very multi-leveled conversation) what the meaning of life is.
 Without skipping a beat I answered: tangerine.

Yes, my friend said I was a horse’s…well it doesn’t really matter now…

OK, I couldn’t resist an answer like that but then I took the question seriously. I realized I did have an answer at the ready – the meaning of life is that life is full of meaning if you are willing to live it fully and be open to whatever it offers.

There certainly was a time in my life when I doubted that life had any meaning at all. I was “stuck”…stuck in a bad job, a bad marriage, a life that felt empty to me. It took a while to learn many difficult lessons from that period of my life but learn I did.

A couple of hours ago I was glued to my computer doing research for a client and responding to emails; I was (as I told another friend) “stuck” inside. Until I put down the work and got my butt outside and tossed around some kettlebells and stopped and smelled the roses (quite literally) and basked in the warmth of the sunshine and the warmth of the realization that “stuck” means I’m just not seeing possibilities.

Well, given that this IS a post about fitness and well-being, let me offer you this – Do you feel stuck when it comes to your fitness? Tired of the routine, the locale, the crowd, the…whatever? Then break it up; shake it up. Try a different time of day to work out or a different place. Ask a friend to work out with you if you typically train alone or train alone if you usually hang with the same gym crowd. Do you know what exercises you’ll be doing by the day of the week? DROP that routine! Shake out the cobwebs that even an active person can get and watch how possibilities suddenly blossom in front of you.

Does my answer to the question really work? Well it certainly does for me, especially when I’ve lost sight of it and the question is asked directly or indirectly (as when you get that feeling…that nagging feeling that something’s missing or something is out of balance).

So, what is the meaning of life for you?

About zolfw

I am an avid trail runner and fitness enthusiast, an accomplished cook, a lover of cinema and literature (although I read everything from graphic novels to professional psychology tomes, neither extreme being literature in the strict sense) . I am a retired Health and Wellness Coach. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
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