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Life Answers Per Brenda Arledge

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Acrostic Poem About Living

Live as if it is your last day

If you ever get a chance

Kick down that hard door

Enjoy your great dance

Life Views

Brenda Arledge has given us a new prompt of, “Life”. This is a word that brought numerous images to my mind. I am enjoying Brenda’s prompts, and I love her poetry. She has sparked new ideas in so many of us, and I certainly appreciate her as a friend. As a fellow Ohio native we may have many of the same views.

Life is what distinguishes people and animals from inorganic matter. We have the opportunity to grow, to learn, to reproduce and to function each day in a manner of our choosing. Are we supposed to reach our potential? Does it matter?

The philosopher Iddo Landau believes that we each have everything we need for a meaningful existence. He also writes about the difference between being happy and living a meaningful life. I think it is possible to be happy but not live a meaningful life. An example of a happy person but one that does not have a meaningful life might be someone who has lofty goals that are just impossible to meet, yet they have loving family and friends. Philosophers’ overall seem to disagree about the definition of a meaningful life.

Spiritual Views

The Bible has many quotes about life, such as:

  • “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” - Psalm 62:6
  • "The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing." - Psalm 23:. 1

Many people find strength through the scriptures of their faith. I have seen people change in remarkable ways once they found their Lord. I have met people in church that have been alcoholic or they may have had another type of addiction, but they had changed.

Some people are God-centered, work-centered or self-centered. Some people love to help others, and they are kind and loving. I believe it is possible to have a meaningful life without being happy. For instance, you may have a career that makes a difference in this world, but the hours or the work itself may be very difficult, so you may not be happy. At the end of life it might be good to know you fulfilled an important purpose.

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My Story

I am a caretaker, but I did not initially make that conscious choice. I started taking care of my sister and brother when I was very young. I also married young and had 3 sons. I became an RN, and I loved nursing. I took care of my mother in my home for 14 years before she passed away. Obviously I am a caretaker.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t do anything else that was fulfilling. I made stained glass art for several years and sold quite a bit. I have done a great deal of research on my family tree. I have traveled, and I write on Hubpages. I enjoyed all of those things. I feel good about my life overall. My sons are doing well and my needs are met, despite the fact that I have a number of health problems. I think I have had a good life. I am a Christian. Yes, I had purpose, and it was meaningful.

Haiku

As our spirit seeks

We walk along alone to

Find our true purpose

How to Live a Meaningful Life

Life Meaning

Meaningful pursuits may bring us joy

Happiness is something we all desire,

Each day we work toward our goals

Hoping that we can simply inspire


Is life about a pocket full of money?

Putting your hope in silver and gold

Seeking to always pad your pockets

Will not hold you when you are old


Loved by our family and friends too

Looking for purpose we take each step,

Raising our children the best we can

It can be hard to continue the schlep


Joy we have when our babies smile

Happy we are with our first paycheck,

So many chores we do every day

Moving fast we try hard not to wreck


Our senior years when work is over

We can still enjoy life and have fun,

Satisfaction as we look back at life

Memories we have, our work is done

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That's Life

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

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