For the sixth time this year, a health care worker, nurse or former nurse was charged in drug-related charges in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro area. Travis Alan Bourbonnais, 35 was indicted in federal court on Friday, with stealing painkillers, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press,6-25-2011. It is unfortunately all too common, for us to read of or know someone who is addicted to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, or other substances that affect the natural flow of energy in our bodies.
It seems we as a society are searching for more. We want more happiness, more peace in our lives, more of a connection with God, more satisfaction from our jobs and relationships, and a sense of purpose in our lives. When we don’t achieve these desires, some of us choose an alternative path of anesthetizing ourselves from life.
Unfortunately, anesthetizing ourselves, does not solve the problems and lack of fulfillment in our lives, but rather glosses over our pain. Furthermore, it both creates additional problems in our life, and if we ever detoxify, our original problems are still waiting for us.
We are born without a guidebook telling us how to live, without specific lessons or education to teach life satisfaction, and we do our best to simply live a life of meaning and growth. Moreover we have a finite number of days on Earth to figure out how to live and fulfill our desires of a meaningful life; we know that one day we will die. We may fight the inevitable or accept that the time we have on this planet is limited; one day, we will pass on.
I believe there are four components to living a life of meaning. The first is living our life, honoring, maintaining, and celebrating all of our relationships. The second component, is serving society i.e. giving of oneself to help society in some way; whether in our profession, volunteering, raising a child or children to be a blessing to society, or simply being an example and a blessing for others to model. The third component to living a life of meaning is to establish and maintain a relationship with our creator. And the fourth component is living with gratitude and appreciation of the blessings and beauty in our life.
Each choice is ours to make; we can choose to create and live to our highest potential, or give up, so to speak and anesthetize ourselves from life itself. Groucho Marx had a wonderful quote I would like to end with:
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead; tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. ”
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