On Feeling Insignificant

Published: 06th May 2010
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When you are sitting out at night looking up at the universe spread out before you, it is only natural to feel insignificant. Ironically, sitting looking up at all of creation, it should have the totally opposite effect on you. You are part of all of that, you an integral part of the whole thing. Do you believe for one moment that you are only one insignificant, unconnected individual, living out your entire life un-observed, not noticed, running on your own self supporting energy system set up at birth to run un - observed, totally reliably for an entire lifetime unconnected to anything else, well , I m sorry to disillusion you. The fact is we are all connected, not necessarily connected directly to everyone else, well maybe to a few, to those we share strong blood bonds with, or simply being on the same wavelength, (you know to whom you have a special connection) but connected to the source of all energy - the universal source of all energy. Our life force is not from within, it is from without and we are somehow connected to it, running on its energy for our entire life span until that life force is withdrawn at death.

If you have ever watched a person die, you will know that of which I speak. You can actually observe that life force leaving the body.

Does this not change your ideas of Insignificance?

Feeling insignificant often relates back to a feeling of a lack of real meaning in our lives.

Meaning comes not from feeling significant, but from accepting your part in the whole scheme of things as being significant.

Many times this feeling of Insignificance relates our wondering why we are here. What is the purpose to my life?

We tend to wonder what significance our mundane existence could have on the scheme of things. Well this is where the insignificant bit becomes significant.

Helen Keller wrote:

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."

Do one simple thing as if it were great and noble. It just might turn out that way!

Mahatma Gandhi once said that everything that we do might seem small and insignificant for us right now, but that its overall significance in the grand scheme of all things, is always still so vitally important for us, that we should always be still striving, and still willing to do it.

Here is his exact quote:

"Almost everything you do will seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it."

Mervyn Penny is a retired Australian living in the southern Philippines. He produces a website called Healthyoldcodger.com, which is dedicated to health issues affecting the elderly and those approaching old age. He publishes the website under the "nom de plume" Mervyn Ballinger. To read more articles like this, click on the following link. http://www.healthyoldcodger.com

He also produces a website dedicated to his adopted town in the southern Philippines: Dipolog CityTo visit Dipolog City on your computer go to: http://www.cityofdipolog.com

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