I have been listening to a lot of young people lately. They are all looking for meaning. Many of them want meaningful careers, meaningful lives. While I understand this sentiment, I also know from experience that like any work of art, any piece of music or any book, the meaning does not come from the work alone, it comes when a participant truly engages.
An artist's work is made through the filter of love. In order to express any idea fully, the artist must understand it enough to love it, and through the work, love it enough to release it.
You can listen to music in the background, or you can really listen. Block out all distractions, sit, and listen. You can look at a piece of art in a museum, walk by it and glance in its direction on your way down the gallery, or you can stand in front of it and really take it in.
You can look for a job that will bring meaning to your life, or you can bring meaning to your job. Ultimately, if you do the latter, you can also take it with you when you leave.
The world will be a more miraculous place once you put yourself into it. What are you waiting for?
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