new adventures, a new year and the meaning of life contest winner

Happy New Year!

I have returned safely from a wonderful adventure and getaway in Panama! I couldn’t have asked for a better journey. A truly beautiful country filled with beautiful people!  I’ll be posting more on that (including pictures) in the near future.

Hmm..isn’t it funny how time warps when you are travelling? seems like months since I’ve been home and even longer since I’ve blogged anything…but I digress..

The winner for the Meaning of Life Contest was announced this month and so I wanted to share the winning and semi finalist entries (plus recap my own submissions) with you.

The runner-ups are as follows:

January:  “The Meaning of Life is… to prosper and share our gifts, overcoming adversity along the journey, by maintaining a twisted sense of humor during our darkest hours.” ~Joe Nicassio, Long Beach, CA.

February:  “The Meaning of Life is… embracing passionately my personal journey to wholeness… with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.” ~Elizabeth Ford, Memphis, TN.

March:  “The Meaning of Life is… understanding that this life isn’t yours, but God’s!  The next hour could be your last, therefore embrace the current moment with your whole being.”  ~Bethany Toland, Brush Prairie, WA.

April:  “The Meaning of Life is…to give the best of your unique self to the world around you.”  ~Jeannette Arangua, El Monte, CA.

May:  “The Meaning of Life is…to shake up the world.  One person, one idea, one deed, or one discovery can change the future.  Live so you won’t be forgotten.”  ~Jolen Hill, Beaumont, CA

June: “The Meaning of Life is…to accept the essential responsibility of creating beauty where there is none.” ~Gerald Dickens, Takoma Park, MD

July: “The Meaning of Life is…how we love, cry, laugh, cling, let go, desire, celebrate, forgive, heal, have faith and say goodbye between birth and death.”  ~Hortense Casillas, La Mirada, CA

August:  “The Meaning of Life is… waking up each day, wanting to make a difference and going to bed knowing that you have.”  ~Adrion Saenz, Widefield, CO

September: “The Meaning of Life is… to embark on a journey, which involves seeking and accomplishing a purpose in order to validate one’s existence.”  ~Sean Nedd, Ames, IA

My own entries were:

The meaning of life is….awakening your awareness to the Truth and Beauty that lies within you, in the world around you and in this already perfect moment

The meaning of life is….to radiate and reflect back the selfless love and compassion that emanates from a loved one to the entire world around you. 

I think my favourite submission from the runners up would be the June entry.


“The Meaning of Life is…We must all come, one-by-one, into the light of the knowledge of God to conquer fear, love others and care for the earth.”
~ J. David Donovan from Flagstaff, Arizona

Congratulations J. David Donovan! Not bad if I do say so myself.


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