I liked the quote below from a book called The Noticer by Andy Andrews (affiliate link). I copied it into my journal several months back and came across it while searching for the highs and lows of 2010–a journal is good for that. This is a dialog between Jones and Willow. Willow believes she is too old to make a difference or do anything. Jones says,
If you are breathing you are still alive. If you are alive, then you are still here, physically, on this planet. If you are still here, then you have not completed what you were put on Earth to do. If you have not completed what you were put on earth to do… that means your very purpose has not yet been fulfilled. If your purpose has not yet been fulfilled, then the most important part of your life has not yet been lived…
I like the hopeful, future-based tone of these thoughts. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about this topic, but sometimes I do pause to reflect and wonder what the point is. Not the “what is the meaning of life thing,” but more the “What am I best at and what am I meant to do while I’m here?” So far I have established that I’m supposed to be here and I like the way that ties into the quote.
“The Noticer” by Andy Andrews, is a good book. I wouldn’t call it great. It contains some poignant, articulate, and thought provoking sections about living a great life. Overall the story felt a little cheesy and unrealistic–where everything works out too perfectly in the end.