A Meaningful Life... on purpose

I have to admit I was thinking the same thing. During a particularly difficult class discussing cotangent, secant and cosecant, one of my classmates asked "Why should I learn trigonometry when I have a calculator?"

We've all probably had similar thoughts about moments in life when things just seem meaningless or even absurd and cruel. Some regulations. Selfish thoughtlessness. Microaggressions. A building that collapses and becomes a temporary coffin. People who refuse to vaccinate.

If this post seems grim, it's because on the news the other night we rejoiced with Italy's soccer win just as we feel the pain of Covid-19's newest Lambda variant which has now spread to more than two dozen countries.

And yet... we continue to be positive. Not because of wishful thinking, but because of facts and news. Misery might love company but positivity looks for and always finds the good. Always. Maybe that's why "alive and well" appeals to so many people: we persistently invite and challenge our readers to course correct when they feel that life is meaningless, hope is waning or love becomes a struggle.

Lewis Carroll wrote: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Translation: when you have a direction and a purpose, it's what keeps you going.

Having a purpose in your life is one of four core dimensions of well-being, along with awareness, connection, and insight... I truly believe it is a crucial key to attaining life satisfaction, which is a more rewarding state than fleeting moments of happiness. Studies have shown that purpose--living a meaningful life--is linked to better memory, improved cognitive capabilities, a lower risk of heart problems and stroke and so much more.

So, where are you going? Your answer isn't really a place, but rather a space: inner peace, mental freedom, emotional satisfaction, a sense of strong personal moorings. These cannot be given you by a calculator.