Article Title: Sharing Some Musings on “the Meaning of Life and Choosing one’s Path in Life” (from ‘Steps to Success, Prosperity and Happiness’)

Author: Craig Lock

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We hope that the following article (an extract from of Craig’s first manuscripts (“rather wacky”) titled ‘STEPS TO SUCCESS, PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS’ written “many moons ago” may be informative and beneficial to your ezine readers, or on your own web site. If it helps others “out there” on the pathway to success (and most importantly, happiness), then we’re very happy. We share what we should know, so that we all may grow.”



“There isn’t any duty we much underrate as the duty to become happy.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“Life is often a daring adventure, or nothing.”

– Helen Keller

“I rejoice in daily life for its own sake. Life isn’t any brief candle if you ask me. It can be a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to endure for the moment and I desire to make it burn as brightly as you can before handing it onto future generations.”

– George Bernard Shaw


In this short article I am sharing some deep thoughts by means of a “rather sane and thoughtful” extract from your first chapter of my very “wacky”) manuscript ‘STEPS TO SUCCESS, PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS’, which has been written “many many moons” ago…

early inside my writing “career”. I hope that these “somewhat light-hearted” thoughts and quotations could be interesting, informative, enlightening, uplifting as well as perhaps even inspirational for you (like having fun, they were in my opinion when researching and writing these words encouraged me to start this unchartered path dozens of long years back).

The “secrets” by someone that thinks he’s now found them – by “throwing a double six”, at long last – after many, a lot of “sliding along the razor blade of life”. Also after having had many detours are available to numerous ‘cul-de-sacs’ (dead ends) down the long and windy road which is life. Up hill and down dale, no – rather up mountain and down valley – that is certainly the story of my entire life.

‘Steps to Success…’ is written to the ordinary “bloke” or woman in the street…

“The longest journey may be the journey inward, for he who may have chosen

his destiny has begun upon his quest for the source of his


– Dag Hammerskjold, Swedish or Danish politician and United Nations Official, killed in the air accident many years ago.

“You will end up as great because your dominant aspiration…

If you cherish an idea, a lofty ideal in your heart, you will realise it.”

– James Allen in ‘As a Man Thinketh’ (Allen features a number of wonderful quotations which you will come across in this work. I think/ “metinks” he was an American psychologist).

“Destiny is just not a few chance; It’s a matter of choice.

It isn’t a thing to be waited for; It can be a thing to become achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

I write this as I contemplate life after getting a long solitary walk along magnificent Makorori beach up the coast from Gisborne for the East coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The stunning scenery never does not inspire me inside my writing. The beauty of New Zealand is fantastic for writers (although there are no unique tax advantages, like Ireland). No wonder that country produces numerous renowned writers. Here are some of my thoughts, not too I’m one of those dreamy philosophical types, mind you (although I’m rather impractical, but I look at anything anyway). Too much of an ‘ACTION MAN’ perhaps – precisely why I get into numerous ‘scrapes’ and ‘hairy’ situations!

Your life is often a precious gift, so take full advantage of it. Just being alive to experience the joys of our life is something so simple to take without any consideration. Think about this: In exchange for appreciating the advantage of living, think about what contribution is it possible to make around the world? How is it possible to create meaning and purpose in whatever life hands you?

“Every great and commanding movement inside the arenas on the planet are the triumph of enthusiasm. To try and fail is a least to understand, to don’t try would be to suffer the inestimable lack of what may have been.”

– R.W. Emerson. (Emerson would have been a famous American philosopher who wrote a great number of words of wisdom).

At least I tried to make it happen my way (not Frank Sinatra’s) with ENTHUSIASM. Yes enthusiasm, with the “other E’s”, energy and excitement, could be the key. I think. That (enthusiasm) is probably my one saving grace that gets me through life! And also a positive attitude to help keep bouncing back after being floored to the canvas (at least usually)…


The Meaning and Purpose of Life:

There are eight facets of life which can be vital to take care of our emotional health insurance ultimately let us survive life’s trials and tribulations. But they also allow us to have to the fullest the thrill and beauty of life. The four basic elements, I believe, are highlighted below:

1. Your self image. This is vital!

2. Your inner strength or character.

3. Living with absolute INTEGRITY – just being totally yourself!

4. Your personal control or self control. Attitude and YOUR look at reality.

5. The meaning of life… because you perceive I t- which is having a feeling of PURPOSE.

What motivates you, what presses your “hot buttons”. What drives you? Ford, Chevrolet, Lincoln or Toyota?

6. This involves setting meaningful goals to your life and deriving satisfaction motionless toward these “stepping stones”, your guideposts over the pathway of life…and take great pleasure from achieving your dominant goals! It is open to each individual to choose the goal and pursue it – carrying this out develops the increase and human essence known as character (see point 2). What “desires in the soul” have you got?

7 (“lucky”). intelligence (also emotional)

and finally… and most importantly…

8. Your faith or spiritual element in your life, ie. your

relationship having a Supreme Being, a Higher Power, if you feel in one, that’s. Success lies inside the “Being” and “Becoming” everything that you can possibly be rather than necessarily inside the “doing”. It just takes decision (often big ones) and commitment.

Enjoying life (could be the meaning of it ) is located in a success consciousness, or our patterns of thinking.

We’ll get into some more on this “heavy stuff” later.

A question to “kick off”: Why do you’re employed? What are your life-time goals? What do you mean? What do you want your kids to tell their children with regards to you? What do I want written on my own tombstone after my death? A “nutter”, “wise”, giving, helping others, “an incorrigible encourager” ‘ How do I fit into my family, my opportunity, my profession, my community, my country, the world?… What is my purpose in life? What meaning does my life have?

… above all, WHO AM I (and this is not what you DO for a living, eg. plumber, nurse, doctor, writer, etc)?

No matter how smaller than average insignificant you may be thinking you are within the scheme of things, you’ll find some new meaning and purpose in your life. What’s your purpose in being here on this planet? Not just trying out space, or in-taking oxygen, please!

You could be asking yourself this rather profound question for some time, nevertheless. It could be just looking forward to you to exploit your hidden talents and make your little mark. You can produce a difference around the world by putting your unique stamp – some you on it. I truly believe

every certainly one of us can do that, as every person has some unique gift to share with the globe.

Remember the person without purpose is like a ship without a rudder. Norman Vincent Peale* said these wise words:

“Everyone can put to good use their unique little bits of time, talent, influence, ambition, energy and weave them into lives of beauty,

of goodness and rare value.” …and I wholeheartedly accept him.

* A Christian minister and author of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ and numerous other books. A very good man and excellent writer.

Life can be a matter of CHOICES and DECISIONS.

Some in years past I decided to attempt to get a writer of “inspirational material” with the aim to help and encourage others. So…

* Who and what you may not want to be?

* If money were no object, what would I really care to do with my entire life?

Be a blogger!

“You crazy fool. Get a proper job, man!”



Your grand purpose in life will stem from your distinct personality along with your innermost values. This is that which you really believe would be the foundations to your life – the deepest thoughts of one’s innermost being. These are very personal and intimate: they’re your hopes, beliefs, dreams and innermost thoughts about life. They will determine the patterns of the thoughts and consequently your actions (thought could be the seed/source of action). Your values clarify everything you want inside your life and how to create it. They will determine your health goals. In my previous “career” I had an excellent conflict of values between earning profits through sales and my broader humanitarian

instincts (now I’m doing both – funny the way in which life works out!). I definitely don’t like the corporate emphasis purely on monetary profit (ie. results and sales). On analysing and documenting my values, I found a clear path ahead to put them into practice and also to achieve what I saw as my purpose in daily life. I also attempted to tie them into my great interests (like sport)…and passions through my writings. In my present work I hope being of help to others this also gives me great satisfaction. The ‘hustle and bustle’ and ‘ego-tripping’/’empire-building’ from the corporate world provided minimal satisfaction; so I’m very pleased to be out of it. That is provided that I can still earn their living doing it my way…

We’ll see what are the results!


A final thought (or two)…

Perhaps there is no ONE answer for the meaning of life. Perhaps , such as the definition of success, it is a personal “thing” (perspective) and is dependent upon individual outlooks to life.

Aim not at success, but significance…through adding value to others lives.

Perhaps the concise explaination life is in challenging a persons spirit (unquenchable and indomitable) in overcoming adversity, to TEST and expand it beyond our perceived horizons. Enrich the life spirit given you.

In your lifetime will you are making YOUR spark glow more brightly?

Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“For me true success could possibly be measured with the fortitude, with which a lot of ordinary people world wide overcome numerous seemingly insurmountable obstacles through sheer force of character and indomitable spirit. They rise above the severest adversity on the often rocky journey of life. Unheralded, yet having an unquenchable and infinite generosity of human spirit, they are lives of greatness and souls who will be the true heroes of the world.”

– Craig Lock (13th August 2004)

“God creates us with different gifts. Each certainly one of us comes into the world which has a different number of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, stuff that give us joy plus expressing our talents allow us bless the folks, the entire world around us.”

– craig

“Our Greatest Good is perhaps not to achieve wealth and share our material possessions, our money and ‘riches’ with other people, but through encouragement and faith on other occasions, to lay the firm foundation of revealing the rich treasure that lies within themselves.”

– craig

“The task in advance of you can always be overcome by the power inside you…along with the often seemingly difficult or even

‘impassible’) path ahead of you is never as steep with all the great spirit that lies within you.’

– craig

Together, one mind at any given time, let’s wait and watch how many people we could impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to succeed in their fullest potentials.

PS: I love the subsequent quotation…

“The past is history, the future is a mystery, this also moment is the gift, which is why this moment is called the present.”

– anon

“We earn an income by what we should get…but we come up with a life by what we should give.”

– Norman MacEwan

These thoughts could be freely published

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