Life is… let me think a minute about my personal meaning of life… alright then, here’s a picture for you: life is a ball of tangled elastic bands with something really special buried deep inside. The lure is to find the hidden treasure.
Life is a mystery, full of enticing next steps to take.
Like those cereal boxes when I was a kid, with the baking soda powered toy SUBMARINE FREE INSIDE (you’d have to be a certain age to remember that one). Well, It was a hook and who could resist?
Back to the ball of elastic bands though. When I was a small boy I wondered why golf balls bounced so high. My Dad was a golfer so I took one of his golf balls and dissected it to find out why. I was exhilarated as I cut through the casing, like I was splitting the atom or something. What would happen? Would it explode in my face? The energy of that ball had to be locked in there somewhere, and I was about to release it.
After removing the outer shell I found tightly wrapped elastic bands. No explosion or drama. But wrapped around what? I imagined there had to be something beneath it all, and so I kept unwrapping the long thin strings of elastic. They snapped and twirled to a pungent rubber smell as the ball grew smaller. I sat entranced as I slowly unwound the mystery of the incredible bounce. And what did I find? I found a small squishy rubber ball. Anticlimax? Well, it didn’t seem solid so I sliced it open and squeezed. Out came a thick blue-green creamy liquid. Now that’s what I came to see; something strange and unexplainable. A mysterious fluid was at the core of this golf ball that could bounce so high… But why? And so our curious minds draw us deeper.
We are all born with a penchant for mystery; to unearth the hidden treasures buried just beneath the surface of the ordinary. It is how we have survived as a species, helping us to find food, shelter, and comfort.
But our curiosity and sense of awe is more than just a survival mechanism. It is an unstoppable force. For those of us born into fortunate parts of the world where we have already answered our survival questions, our curiosity extends to infinity. It calls us to question and explore the very nature of existence — and our place within it.
Four things about life that I am sure of
There are countless things that I do not know about life. Thank goodness it is still a mystery, but here are a few things that I know for certain:
- We are all seekers. Our human nature compels us to explore. It is encoded in our DNA. If we claim personal freedom it is not just that we claim our right to choose, we also claim and empower our curiosity; our human drive to uncover the mysteries of our life.
- We are easily distracted. We often mistake the wrapping for the treasure. We sense the reward. We are drawn by it. But we become enamored by the snap and bounce of the web we must unravel in the process, and we lose sight of the prize we are after. We are encoded with a destination but with no clear directions, we get lost in the tangents of our curiosities.
- We are all on a path to enlightenment. Our natural compulsion to seek answers, to unravel the mechanics of our world, is actually our natural drive to understand all of life; to experience the mysteries beyond the surface; to become enlightened and released from judgments, definitions, and fixed conceptions. We are on a path to unconditional awareness.
- It all begins and ends with simplicity. The childlike curiosity that cannot resist unraveling the golf ball to find its center, or digging into the cereal box to find the hidden prize inside, is the juice that drives us to greater and greater discoveries as adults. That simple seeking holds tremendous beauty and power. It is our means to discovery. The treasure at the center of the tangle of life, is the beauty and power that resides within ourselves.
So that is what I know for certain. What are some of the things about life that YOU know for sure?
Over to you now.