photo by Jen Conway

photo by Jen Conway

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

-the 14th Dalai Lama

Everyone deserves to feel as though his life is important. The more we direct our attention to serving others, the more important our lives become.

We need to be careful not to fall into the trap of letting our lives turn into, or remain, an endless pursuit of the next goal, the next material possession. This makes for a life devoid of meaning. In our society we fool ourselves into believing this path leads to happiness when, in reality, happiness is a choice we make in the present moment.

We are hard-pressed to find a situation where we can’t help somehow. Even if all we can do is offer someone a smile or look upon them with a gaze of compassion and understanding, we’re helping.

To be truly meaningful, our lives must be bigger than our solitary plans and habits. Happiness and meaning go hand-in-hand more often than not. When we are unhappy and have lost our sense of purpose, giving of ourselves is a good way to begin looking for it.

My primary goal in life is to find where I can be of most service. I seek to use my life experience, good and bad, to help the people I encounter become increasingly authentic.

-Tom Gentry