"I think the purpose of life is to be useful, responsible, honorable, compassionate. It is, above all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”
So this is Mr. Rosten's answer to the question posed to life a few days ago on this blog: what is your purpose? I like his ideas but I need to add more. For one thing, Mr. Rosten's purpose is oh so serious. I will add to his very important pieces that the purpose of life is to love and to learn. I will also add laughter to the list. Being useful, honorable, compassionate and responsible is all good but , for me, there must be an infusion of warmth, affection, playfulness, and passion. Really, life is short and to have loved and to have laughed is what I want to remember. I am painfully responsible and useful and that's all good. But my life is really fed by laugher, affection, warmth - in a word, love. Without those things, I can feel very empty. In fact, I can feel dead. I know my life must be rich in those experiences. Sometimes I have to actually work hard to build in the lightness and playfulness and , frankly, that's not what I want. But, here's something else I know: it is hard to break patterns.