What Is Life Really About?

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Today, I planned a different blog until my heart spoke to me. Like many others across the world, when I heard of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old girl dying in a helicopter, I searched for meaning. From what I gather, his 13-year-old girl committed to continuing his legacy, the love of basketball, and Kolbe loved his girls and wanted to link purpose and passion with sports for his girls and children around the world.  Over the years, we have lost so many influential people, and there is nothing like a tragedy that brings life into a closer focus.

The question that circled in my mind yesterday was “What is life really about?”  Although I was not a consistent fan of Kobe Bryant,  occasionally, I watched some of the games he played and often sat in awe of such great talent. I learned a lot about Kobe Bryant yesterday and the positive things he was doing  (fatherhood, helping others to live out their dreams through his studio, books, and others) and the dreams he had, even for his 13-year old daughter.

We may not understand what God does. Though,  I believe that in all experiences, there lie meaning and purpose.   The meaning we give to experiences is different for everyone.  Many times God used great figures to get our attention.  What is God trying to tell us?

I believe that, for me,

  1. Align my actions and thoughts with God’s will and to help our children do the same.
  2. Live in the present; therefore, when our daughter and son came charging in our room, multiple times during Kobe Bryant tributes, I took the time to address their needs.
  3. I thanked God for life and the family he gave me.
  4. I prayed for the world, including Kobe Bryant’s family and the others who were on the helicopter.
  5. Nothing that we produced on earth goes with us.
  6. We are all accountable for what we do with the gifts and talents that God gave us.

I believe that God hears our prayers, and I continue to pray for continued compassion, love, and peace for everything and everyone.

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Lesson 5 : Live another day

We all have our own journey and life issues to learn and grow from. Mother believed that no matter what happened that day or in your past, you should “just live another day.” Another day gives us an opportunity to be creative, to try something different, to say yes to life and learn from our life lessons.

Mother never belittled an event or made the event seemed insignificant. She did not want us to get caught up in life events. Our journey is and will be a process. So, when I did not do well on a test, I learned to not beat myself up and develop a strategy to get better grades. When I had my first break up with a boy, I learned that break ups are bound to happen and be open to other relationships.

I learned that it was okay to laugh at myself, and that life events do not take away from who I am. My self-worth and self-concept are what I make them.

As long as you are living, you have the ability and opportunity to change your thoughts and change your life.

So, whatever it is that you have been through (divorce, separation, loss of money, bullying, loss of job, failed test, failed a course, 5 years in high school/college, totaled a car, loss of baby/child, the list goes on), give life a chance, give yourself a chance and live another day. You never know what tomorrow may bring.