How can we make life more meaningful?

@Roseo8 (2947)
India
January 22, 2009 1:08am CST
...Like a rose life was mean to have its thorns...... ...Life is a learning process,and making decisions is how we learn,If we never faced any big decisions,we'd never learn any big lessons.... ...Life's defining moments from our first breath to our greatest accomplishments all involve some struggle.We are who we are today because we have already fought through many victories ,and we will keep winning as long as we keep fighting. Life's trails are utimately what you make of them.One man's stumbling block is another man's stepping stone. If you feel your life has no direction or purpose,try spreading a little love around.There is always some one around who needs your help and kindness. life is bigger than its problems Give LIFE...Love Inpsiration Faith and Encouragement to every one around you....... Do you have any suggestions to make life more rewarding?Please share your thoughts....
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@mayka123 (13391)
• India
23 Jan 09
We can only make life more rewarding by accepting calmly what comes our way and not to grudge what others have. Be helpful and kind to all around. Smile and spread happiness to all around.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
25 Jan 09
Yes Mayka this a very positive and brave approach to life.....Only a large hearted person can think in these lines......Thanks for sharing and happy mylotting to you.
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@mayka123 (13391)
• India
30 Apr 09
Thanks a lot for the BR.
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
23 Jan 09
Often we can make someone feel special or important or worthwhile with a few kind words, a nod of the head or just a smile. They are all simple things but they acknowledge the other person and most of us need that recognition that we are significant. My mother used to tell us one thing we should always do is to use the person’s name when we are talking to them as then the person would know we remembered them. The other thing she taught us was to say something nice to a person and if we could for example find nothing nice about what a person was wearing, we should say something like “that is an unusual colour you are wearing Mrs Smith.” Even if we thought it was terrible we haven’t said so and upset Mrs Smith and nor have we lied to her because we used the word ‘unusual’. So Mrs Smith leaves us feeling good because we said something nice and we also remembered her name. Now Mrs Smith will do something good as well and that feeling will be spread. Probably the reason my mother taught us to say and be like that was because one day our oldest brother came home and said he had seen a neighbour down the street and she was wearing the ugliest hat ever seen on anyone. There were times when the oldest brother was brutally honest and probably if he had come face to face with the neighbour he would have told her what he thought of her hat. One of the hardest things a parent has to do is to let their children grow up, make mistakes, take some slips and falls, scrape their knees, fall off their bike and all the mischief and accidents that happen as children learn the ways of the world. If we can allow our children to do those things while they are young, as parents we can be there to guide, support and love them through this learning process. Certainly they will take some more tumbles along the way but that is also how they learn and ultimately improve themselves without doing any harm. What we are doing is teaching them to be independent, to learn and take responsibility and at the same time build their self esteem and self respect. They will also learn that sometimes we all need help and to mix kindness with encouragement and support to those who need it. What we teach our children when they are young stays with them forever and more so if we set a good example for them to follow.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
26 Jan 09
Hello oldboy..this time you beat me to it..You were very prompt in commenting on my discussion,but I took days to acknowledge your comments...........well this is what life is allabout.And when we get saturated with life's experiences,it is best to pass int on to our younger generation so that they in turn will have a more meaningful and fruitful life.....Thnaks for your nice response,and happy mylotting to you...
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
22 Jan 09
OH! What a beautiful and suplative thoughts about we are our life. Hello! Rose! I think you are sounding like a Saint, who appear on TV channels to give healthy surmon(s). You are very much right, till we face the challanges in our life, we cannot learn and we cannot gain experiences. We should always be willing to take the arduous challanges, which come our way during the course of our day to day affairs. It is also said - 'Fortunes favour the brave'. If we show indifference towards challanges and new task, we may not be able to move ahead or learn new things in life. I also buy your argument that we should heop others and be kind to them. I always take initiative to help others, as much and as long as I can do it. One of my suggestions is that we must reciprocate the good gestures done to us by others, we should not take others for granted and when the time comes, should come forward to do 'good' to others. It is possible, that some of the persons may not acknoledge our good gestures, but that should not deter us from doing good to others. BTW, what all you do to make life happier. An excellent Post!
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
23 Jan 09
Hello Dpk..Your writing skill is improving day by day and when it comes to appreciating discussions,you know how to aim for the icing on the cake........I know you are always good to others and your bravery is evident from the fact that you are planning to go on a second honeymoon with your wife........Anyway as far as I am concerned I always try to stay happy come what may, and try to spread happiness and goodness to others..........
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
23 Jan 09
Rose! Many thanks for the compliments. But I may add here that whatever I wrote in response to your discussion, I wrote it with fully honesty. BTW, I am not aware about any Honeymoon programme with my wife, how come you know it, before me or my wife..........!!! Are you arranging for our trip...........LOL! I know it very well that you have a very optimistic vision and positive frame of mind and you try your best to reamin happy and you do not miss any opportunity to spread happiness to others...........!!
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
23 Jan 09
come on Dpk I think I smelled something about a second honeymoon when I glanced through a discussion on the subject you started yesterday.................
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
22 Jan 09
Rose dear, this is very complicated subject for me.....will you just tell me which kind of life is called meaningful, only then I will know what to write. I only know that from my childhood, I have been performing all the duties given to me sincerely and by putting all my efforts.I worked very hard to make people happy....I don't know if that gives any meaning to my life....I really don't know rose.....you know better, you tell me.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
22 Jan 09
ha..ha...Aps dear...You must realise that no man is born free,and man is a social animal.Each of us has to live according to our social ,cultural and religious norms if we are to be accepted by the society.Very often these norms burden us with too much of restrictions and laws and we end up suffocated and dejected.But if you are able to accept this life wihtout all these sweet perks ,and find happiness ,then life becomes meaningful.If you feel you are overburdened with responsiblities and norms and give up your life or try to break away from all these shackles and try to run away ,then your life is labelled as meaningless....So I always adopt a positive approach and keep believing that what ever happens is ultimately for good...
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@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
22 Jan 09
ha ha ha .......Rose dear you made it very simple for me..... Runaway from burden of responsibilites = Life meaningless Accept the life and be happy = Life meaningful Rose I have no intention to runway anywhere, so I think my life is meaningful...you said it....I accept it...... You are such a darling.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
22 Jan 09
...You see dear life is really simple...You have to just ask ( the right person of course) ,and you will get all the answers.......
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@1hopefulman (44868)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
You made me think of this song: Put A Little Love In Your Heart Artist: Jackie DeShannon (peak Billboard position #4 in 1969) Words and Music by Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, and Randy Myers Think of your fellow man Lend him a helping hand Put a little love in your heart You see it's getting late Oh, please don't hesitate Put a little love in your heart And the world will be a better place And the world will be a better place For you and me You just wait and see Another day goes by Still the children cry Put a little love in your heart If you want the world to know We won't let hatred grow Put a little love in your heart And the world (and the world) will be a better place All the world (all the world) will be a better place For you (for you) And me (and me) You just wait (just wait) And see, wait and see Take a good look around And if you're looking down Put a little love in your heart I hope when you decide Kindness will be your guide Put a little love in your heart And the world (and the world) will be a better place And the world (and the world) will be a better place For you (for you) And me (and me) You just wait (just wait) And see People, now put a little love in your heart Each and every day Put a little love in your heart There's no other way Put a little love in your heart It's up to you Put a little love in your heart C'mon and FADE Put a little love in your heart Transcribed by Ronald E. Hontz ronhontz@worldnet.att.net
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
23 Jan 09
Thank you 1 hopefulman....But I would have enjoyed the song more if I could hear it from your lips rather than reading it....By the way do you sing ?
@1hopefulman (44868)
• Canada
24 Jan 09
Oh yes Roseo8 I sing all the time. Singing makes me happy. But I don't have such a great voice though.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
24 Jan 09
well hopeful so long as you are not thinking in terms of becoming a professional singer ,I guess you dont have to worry about your voice.But if you want to take it up seriously you can always get training to modulate your voice......
@Mitraa (3187)
• India
31 Mar 09
That is the life, for which, grace of God ie essential!! Thanks for this nice topic and have a good day!
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
1 Apr 09
Thnaks for your comments......I have accepted your friendship request too.........
@Sreekala (32783)
• India
24 Jan 09
Hi Rose, Life is like you, very difficult to reach but after reaching, it is worthwhile (lol). Dear, I am little frustrated with office problems (computer was down) so a delayed response. We are learning each and every moment something from our life but the biggest problem of human being is ‘negligence’. They are not to bother what they learned from life and never try to make necessary corrections. We should more careful to our action, just think, should they hurt anybody in any manner. Having a second thought will help in bigger way.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
25 Jan 09
Hi Sree.....thanks dear for your nice words........And one thing you must resolve to do in life is not to get frustrated when you have to delay in repsonding to discussions.... You have a valid point here regarding negligence,and how many people neglect to impliment what they have learned in their life.....I appreciate your comments Sree......infact they will be an eye opener for many who read them...........
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 09
The old line remains so true: The harder I work, the luckier I get. Life helps those who help themselves Life favours the devoted. Just because life is unpredictable doesn't mean you shouldn't exercise your power to be great. Set your goals. Make your plans. Take actions and chase your dreams. But once you've done your best, let go. And let life do the rest. On the other side of the coin, enjoy life. We take life so seriously. But at the end, the billionaire gets buried next to the street sweeper. We all end up as dust. So let's have some fun. We might not write great novels but all of us can live them.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
25 Jan 09
Hello Zandi.....ha..ha...looks like you are all set to take life (or is it the bull ) by the horns and is rearing to go ahead head on...Good luck and be positive always in life.......
@zara1990 (11)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
i think we should be carefull in choosing our friends , and we should set our goals and act on them , like on new year we often make many resolutions but we dont act on them so we should plan to work on them also , we should respect others , and live happy with whatever we have.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
25 Jan 09
Thanks for your response Zara
@izathewzia (5141)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
By just enjoying every moment of your life is worth it. Putting meaning to everything you do is like putting meaning to your life as a whole. Being happy with your life is enough meaning no matter what kind of life you have.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
23 Jan 09
Agreed Izahtewzia and happy mylotting to you.....
@se7enthbird (8324)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
life can be more rewarding if we sometimes sit, take a break and look back on what have you got. what are your mistakes and what did you learn from there. learn to appreciate things that has come your way and learn to value what is now at hand. make sure to spend more time with people who love you and you love and stop wasting time on something that is not worth. we have a neighbor who spend their time arguing.... instead of appreciating they keep on arguing. its a waste of time. me and my wife always meets halfway if ever we have different perception in a matter that we need to resolve. arguing eats most of the time so we dont argue that much.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
23 Jan 09
You have some very valid points there se7enth........and I appreciate your attitude....Thanks for sharing.......
@silverjam (969)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I totally agree w/ what you were writing and a little addition for that is to be happy and contented for what you are and what you have. Living w/in your means save you from unneccessary worries and anxities that might cause your health at times. A happy personality is a blessing to those around them. Charity is also essential part of happiness since the Lord bless a cheerful giver.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
23 Jan 09
Hello silverjam thanks for your nice comments....Infact if each person strives to sread happiness and love and indulges in charity,then this world will soon become a much better place to live in.....
@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
Hi Rose, I believe that you have covered things pretty well. Live life to the fullest and never give on something until you've found the better way. I like what you say about someone always needing our help and kindness, that is so true and can bring a whole new meaning to our life. Teach others by our example and show respect for those who differ from us because of race, religion, or culture. Blessings.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
23 Jan 09
Hello there Pose dear......How are you....Thanks for appreciating my discussion...Well I always believe that we should give love to get love and nothing makes life more enriching than spreading goodness around......
@savak03 (6693)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Life becomes meaningful through the relationships we create. I endeavor to follow the adage to treat others as I want to be treated. I have made it my goal to treat all people with respect even if they don't treat me the same way. I have made some very good friends this way. It's a lot easier to get along when you respect the rights and feelings of others.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
22 Jan 09
This is a good and positive approach you are following,Savak.......and I apprecaite your thinking....Yes its very true that its the relationships we create and maintain that add spice and meaning to life.........And its a very positive attitude too..Good luck to you.......
@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
22 Jan 09
I think so long as we appreciate what we have, and always remember that no matter what happens it is for a reason, but above all we should live life to the fullest and think positive.
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
22 Jan 09
hello Lilaclady,let me first of all congratulate you on reaching 18000 posts...Wow what a terrific achievement...I think you desreve a standing ovation for that...hats off to you...... AndI like your attitude,lilaclady,and I am sure You always know how to steer your course and find contentment come what may.........Good luck to you.....
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
23 Jan 09
Hi rose08 nice discussion and u narrate it nicely i cant say much in it, but sure want to say, if u spend ur life only for urself, thinking of ur oneself only then sure its not meaningful, but if u think about others, people around u, ur country, and whole humanity, its will have purpose and meanig, Simply, Live for others and live for Cause and u will be Rememberd in HEARTs Take care
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
23 Jan 09
Yes Cupie life becomes more meaningful if we leave it to the fullest and share our joy with others .Selfishness and ego will make life miserable in the long run,and make everyone unhappy.....infact the world would have been a much better place to live if all people decides to live a meaningful and purposeful life for those around them.....Thanks for sharing..........
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
23 Jan 09
Thanks for Understanding and sure for AGREEING
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
25 Jan 09
its a pleasure to do so Mr.Agree.......
@manya_pearl (1903)
• Singapore
18 Jul 09
Life is something that moves... Unpredictable... Today you're here, tomorrow who knows... Life is about planning that is never be 100% as planned... Life is about changing... when we stop to change... we die... Life is a word with a lot of meaning... because its meaningful. Since its too meaningful, it means our lives is meaningful... We just have to find if its bring good meaning or bad meaning... Do people say our name with bad mood or good mood? Do we leave a perfume aroma when people talk about us? Or people dont like us, and we smell like fish? Life is about learning... too much to be learned about... makes me feel ignorant. There's a lot of knowledge that is unreachable... only being honest and humble to make us accept ourselves as imperfect ones... Life is not perfect... however we try our best to perfect ourselves... we never succeed... because we are not! Life is actually not about work... some people say that when you live... you have to work... life is playing and enjoyable... we born in this world not to suffer but the have a joy... we are still survive until today...
@kiran8 (15325)
• Mangalore, India
12 May 09
Hi Roseo, Nice discussion and nice thoughts from you...I feel that life is never easy, just when you think that you have solved everything , more problems crop up, thats been my experience. But keeping up one's spirits and remaining positive is the best way of facing life and its adverse moments...It has helped me so far
@Jezebella (1446)
• United States
30 Apr 09
I think one way to make life more meaningful is to spend more time with family and friends. Spend time doing the things that we love to do and never let anything come in the way of us enjoying it. I like spending time to just sit and watch the sun set.
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
I remember the movie Gladiator when Maximus said - "What you do in Life echoes in Eternity". It only means that to make life more meaningful, we should act today not just for our own good but for the benifit of future generations. To leave a legacy. By leaving a legacy, you become a person of significance. And Significance is more meaningful than success. You can achieve personal goals and realize your full potential as a person, and that is Success. In short, adding value to yourself is Success. But adding value to others is Significance. Become a person of significance, leave a legacy, and you will make life more meaningful.