Life’s Biggest Question: Is This It?

Wrapping Up

biggestSeptember is drawing to a close and so will our featured conversation – Life’s Big Questions. Since the start of the month, we shared our answers to some and gave tips how you might respond when those questions are posed in your experience. Today, as we end this conversation, at least for now, we turn to what is possibly the biggest question of all – “Is this it?”

How many times have you asked this question? In my experience and through the conversations that I have had over the years, over dinner ones, by the bedside of hospital patients and in formal coaching sessions, this is one of the biggest questions. It is the one that points to what is on all our minds – whether you are a believer in God, a Creator or that life is a random event.

Joseph Campbell puts it well: β€œLife has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

The Biggest One

Would you agree with that this is just it and it is a waste of time asking or looking any further than what is before you?

Since we started this conversation, we have looked at:

biggestSome of the Contributors shared their answers or at least their attempts at answer some of these questions. One also shared technique that had worked for him and some of his clients when the stresses of some of life’s biggest questions come. Check out Michael’s post and strategy here. We also had a look at the greatest challenge faced by many in love – why do people cheat. You can read that here and share whether you have had this experience.

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What I Know For Sure

Honestly, whether this is it or if there is more to this thing called life, no one can say for sure either way. Many will give you the impression that they have certain knowledge. They are pretenders, charlatans and liars. That may sound harsh but it is the truth that I am sticking to. People will and can only offer their thoughts, feelings and what they hope is their best idea about the meaning of life.

Heard somewhere once that the person who is perfect and know everything without a doubt regarding this the biggest question – that person would not be here among us now. Read this quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s book, “Cat’s Cradle,” and tell me what you think:

β€œIn the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.

And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done.” And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely.

“Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.

“Certainly,” said man.

“Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God.

And He went away.”

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27 thoughts on “Life’s Biggest Question: Is This It?

  1. Take 2, ama make it short for I have tried leaving a comment twice..Some kind of pop up blocks just when I am about to post! Life…is what we make it. Thats the gist of my earlier longer comments πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks for trying again Julie and you are absolutely correct! πŸ™‚

  2. I find myself asking these questions some days when I’m sitting quietly and everyone is out the door. The grass is never greener on the otherside and it’s never just it. There’s always another adventure.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      As the saying goes, the grass is greener where you water it MomJonz! πŸ™‚

  3. Myteenguide

    There are many questions better left unanswered. We just have to enjoy what’s in for us and what’s not.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Some of them seem unanswerable so I have to agree with you in some ways! πŸ™‚

  4. DT

    I do get into these questions, but nothing good ever comes out in my experience. I think it’s better to enjoy what we have, it’s more fulfilling!

    β€” DT | Here I Scribble
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Enjoying what you have is a solid way to go DT!:)

  5. I think it’s important to ask this question, more so in your day-to-day. People don’t realize how important it is to strive for more. We’re so content with the life we live, the job we work or even the people we know. Go beyond your comfort zone. You’d be glad you did.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I agree with you in principle Fatima! Life is about growing and you do that by asking questions. πŸ™‚

  6. TColeman

    These are some pretty big questions and I love you have taken the time to post these. What an amazing post!

    1. Ms Claudette

      And thank you for taking the time T Coleman to join in the conversation! πŸ™‚

  7. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that way before because life gives us too many surprises. I don’t know what my future is going to be and don’t want to know until I get there. I’m trying to live life in the moment. Not focus too much in the past nor focus too much in the future.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Living in the grey. I love that Glenda! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing and for your visit. πŸ™‚

  8. [ Smiles ] I never asked, “Where is the grass greener?”

    Fascinating blog post by the way!

  9. This is the kind of question that makes you think if you’ve also done enough in your life. It would be healthier to stop asking and just keep doing.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Carol, to keep doing one will keep asking. In an of itself, I personally don’t see anything wrong with asking, is the stagnating while you ask is the challenge for me. Thanks as always for your valuable contribution to the conversation. πŸ™‚

  10. Elizabeth O.

    For me, so long as you’re asking that question it only means that you’re not satisfied with the life that you have and you’re looking for more. It’s true we make our own meaning and we can definitely turn our lives around if we’re really determined. I think the only people who are asking that question are still looking for more in their lives and they should do something about it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I hear you Elizabeth and would add that people will and always be looking for more. Life is an evolution, we are always growing and once you stop “seeking more” then you have stagnated. So, questioning is not a bad thing, it is not accepting and being crippled by that for me is the challenge. Thanks as always for your contribution to the conversation. πŸ™‚

  11. I believe life is not the only part of our existence, but it is the most important part. I believe all the answers can be found in love, and as we comprehend full love, we begin to see God. When we stop looking at religion, and start focusing on God and believing that He is love, that’s when we get it. People suck, don’t let them turn you away from God and His perfect love.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Michelle, I read your comment a couple time to fully understand what you are saying and while I do not agree with it in its entirety, I understand where you are coming from. I don’t agree that “people suck,” their behaviour and attitudes might. My motto for years now has been, “live and let live.” Namaste.

  12. I think you could go mad pondering this too much. Enjoy the here and now is sometimes the best way.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You most certainly could Laura! LOL. πŸ™‚

  13. I don’t have the answer but I’m enjoying looking for it. Experiences, adventures, people…

    1. Ms Claudette

      I think that is the best way to be….no? I could not agree with you more Jill! πŸ™‚

  14. I’m agnostic, so I believe there is a higher being, I just know who or what it is yet.
    Amber Myers recently posted…Men, Please Stop Spitting In PublicMy Profile

    1. Ms Claudette

      I completely appreciate your feelings Amber, completely. πŸ™‚

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