“Nothing has inherent meaning, yet there is meaning in everything.” DT

The Meaning of LifeSomething happened today (can’t remember what it was now) and after it happened I said to myself something like, Oh, this means…..”, and the meaning brought me an insightful moment.

After my reflection, I thought to myself, “I imagine if someone else were to have this insignificant thing happen, they would most likely just move on without another thought.”

This got me to reflecting on the assertion, very few things, if anything, have inherent meaning. Whatever meaning there is comes from what we give it

This then brought me to the thought, “There are just as many opinions, thoughts and meanings about anything as their are people.”

This lead me to wondering if it’s better to simply take things at face value, or if it’s more beneficial to look for meaning. The answer to this, of course, is that there is no right answer. What’s valuable is in the unique mind of each individual. You can make much ado about nothing, as well as find wonder in everything.

From this, I thought about the personal empowerment and healing I’ve experienced from finding meaning in the smallest and most insignificant to the most challenging of experiences, and in that moment I felt grateful for this ability/choice/gift.

Here’s an example, albeit not insignificant:

Early summer of my 25th year, my mother was struck by illness and was later hospitalized. During the same period, my best friend was soon to deliver her baby, and two dear friends of mine decided to get married. Given how close I was to them all, I would be very involved in all of these events.

Very long stories short, and as it turned out, my best friend gave birth to a healthy son with me in the birthing room, I planned and orchestrated the wedding for my sweet friends, and my beautiful mother tragically passed away, all within a couple months.

It would have been understandable for someone to just involve themselves in the activities and the drama of what was happening and not pay attention to the larger picture. I was grateful beyond measure, however, to find profound meaning in it all. As a result, even with the grief over my mother’s illness and death, I was also able to experience the other major elements of life—great joy, deep love and the miracle of birth.

Some how, in experiencing all this at once, I was able to put my mother’s death into perspective. It was incredibly painful, yes, but to me there was a larger meaning and depth to it all, and I was grateful to have seen it.

Do you have insight into the mind of meaning?

Where does it come from? It comes from knowing that there is an order to the Universe, and a balance and beauty that is unwavering it its support. I call it Grace.

If you’d like to read another example of finding meaning in an unlikely way, read this sweet story  One Woman’s Soap, A Thanks Giving Tale.

Donna Thomas
Intuitive Life Coach, Healing Conduit, Author

This blog, and all my writings, are explorations into the wondrous, deep, and ever-evolving process of living, loving and growing. My intention with Pebbles for Thought is to empower and uplift, one post at a time.