I have been afraid to admit this Truth to myself: I believe that our true purpose is to be happy, to build a good life for ourselves. I have feared that someone would argue, point to all the suffering and pain in the world, especially that brought on by forces beyond an individual’s power to change.
And yet, I hold this to be True: This life we have is a sacred gift, and it is our sacred purpose (besides being the only gracious way to accept such a treasured gift), to take what we are given and live a good life, find our joy.
I don’t mean a good life in the sense of owning a house and two cars. I don’t mean a good life according to what the common denominator around us indicates.
It is our essence, our authenticity, our Soul that tells us what the meaning of joy, of a good life, is for us. That is where we discover what truly brings us fulfillment, what fills our life with beauty.
To deny this, to turn away from it is what I call sacrilege.
And I have committed sacrilege more times than I can count. I most likely will do it again.
But this Truth still holds, and I endeavor to honor it each day.