As ego-driven creatures, we think of our world as only purposeful when meaning is superimposed upon it. We think of our jobs, our businesses, our hobbies, our friends, and even of our family as the source that creates meaning for us. We look to those external things to push meaning into our very souls and drive us to purpose. For some reason, we seem to believe that our stuff is there to create meaning for us. Our egos want us, no they need us to believe in that externally created meaning because that is what justifies the ego. After all, nothing without meaning really exists. Does it?
As I look around my world and think about the connections that I have had to meaninglessness over the years, I realize that I have been fooling myself. I have been looking at life as a series of events that created the fabric of who I am. The simple reality is that my meaning has never been and will never be derived from the events and conditions around me. I look around this world and see meaninglessness. I see the ego grasping at straws to remain in control, wresting with the spirit to keep the wool pulled over my eyes.
I see a meaningless world around me. In the past, I would have believed that seeing meaninglessness would put me in competition with God. I would have believed that the world was God's meaning. It simply isn't, however. We were given dominion over all of the earth. Dominion did not mean that we were this world, however. We are not in competition with God to control meaning, to control the earth and He is not in competition with us. All things are one. Nothing in this earth has meaning, except that which I give it. Don't be afraid to realize that your meaning does not come from this world. Meaning in this world doesn't exist. This can create fear for some people, as it did for me. The fear that realizing that the world is without meaning on its own is the fear that God is your competitor.
You, like me, were created to create. You were created to create your own meaning, independent of the world, independent of constraint, independent of what the external world would have you believe. Live today knowing that you are the creator. I have always loved the poem "Invictus" by William Henley. I believe that it captures our true nature. We emerge from the black of the pit of deception, the facade of this world to understand that we are in control of our destiny. So today, I will leave you with this poem and the reality that this world does not create the meaning of you. You create that!
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
P.S. Never let fear define you. Never let ego control you. Stand in the void and create!
I woke up on that August morning thinking to myself, "There has to be more than this." I scanned the news and I saw violence, anger, destruction, persecution, and terror. I saw all of the bad that could be represented in the world. I switched over to social media and I saw business struggle, personal struggle, pain and disappointment. Everywhere I looked I was seeing the same thing. I asked myself, "Is there any more than this?" I was upset with what the world had become, or so I thought.
The simple reality of my life was that I was not upset with the world. I was upset with my projection of the world. I was upset because I did not see any meaning in the world. The world wasn't bad. The world wasn't good. The world simply existed and I in it. My upset was that my thoughts about the world, which had been meaningless up to this point, were creating a meaningless world for my existence. I was upset because deep in my soul I knew that there was more that was already there. I knew that beneath the facade of my projected thoughts was the world that God had actually created. It was that world, the world of meaning, the one that was meant for me, that held the truth. The truth about this world would set me free from my own false projections.
As I look around today, I think that I am upset about the way that the values are changing in this world. I think that I am upset about war. I think that I am upset because America has lost sight of what made it great. I think that I am upset about the violence. I think that I am upset about racial tension. The truth, however, is that I am upset about not seeing meaning because of the meaningless thoughts that Have been floating through my mind. I am upset that I see a meaningless world. I long for this world to have true meaning, to have true purpose. My upset actually stems from that lack.
I no longer wish to see a world without meaning. I know that I was designed for purpose, destined for change, and created to create. I was designed to make this world into something incredible, something that has meaning. My thoughts must first have meaning in order for my world to have meaning, and they will when I see the world for what it is. The world is my canvas! It is time to create my masterpiece.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.