The Bushman storytellers talk about two kinds of hunger.
They say there is a physical hunger, then what they call
the Great Hunger.
That is the hunger for meaning.
There is only one thing that is truly insufferable,
and that is a life without meaning.
There is nothing wrong with the search for happiness.
But there is something great —
which transfigures all.
When you have meaning you are content,
-Sir Laurens van der Post in the documentary Hasten Slowly
I’ve never heard of this documentary, but someone clued me into this quote today and I love it. I wonder, for me, if life will have enough meaning if I don’t have kids. Hmmmmm… no matter how big the idea, the rest really sort-of exists for me like killing time. Look at Katia’s blog and you can see the transformation I’m pointing to. (Plus the pictures of that baby are just so darned cute you have to see them!) I remember when Wendy became a Mom, too, and it happened for her as well. And these are the things, the moments, where I feel meaning has lived for me… in friends and family, in Zach and being a stepmom, in selected students and moments when I’ve been teaching… in old loves and big adventures…
What gives life meaning for you?