Why am I here?

The other day I was having a chat with one of my 14 year old daughters. Concluding a conversation on some personal yet mundane topic, I asked her if there is anything else on her mind. She considered my invitation for a moment and then responded, somewhat casually, “I have been wondering, why am I here?” I could not resist a smile. And, I must admit, I felt a little proud: my daughter is growing up, and, so it seems, in the right direction…
I told her that she is asking the ultimate question, one that others have asked since time immemorial; an inquiry likely made by the caveman as he stood searching the night’s sky, by ancient Greek philosophers, as well as by modern men and women. It is a question that gave birth to various religions, to scientific quests and to poetry, a riddle that made some men jump off cliffs in desperation, and elated others to nirvana.
Okay, my answer to her wasn’t that illustrative. But I did tell her that I am glad to hear her asking this ancient question; a query that has no absolute reply but that the journey to discover answers, a quest that may last a lifetime, is a mission worth embracing.

Learned from: my daughter’s questioning the meaning of life

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About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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