The meaning of life.

 The joyful photo above was taken at my sweet godchild's 2nd birthday party this year.

The joyful photo above was taken at my sweet godchild's 2nd birthday party this year.

The following is a selection from an article I stumbled across the other day (thanks Rowan!) You can read the entire delightful, sunshine-for-your-soul article here. I highly recommend it!

 

 “What is the meaning of life?”

In my entire week with the Dalai Lama, every conceivable question had been asked—except this one. People had been afraid to ask the one—the really big—question. There was a brief, stunned silence at the table.

The Dalai Lama answered immediately. “The meaning of life is happiness.” He raised his finger, leaning forward, focusing on her as if she were the only person in the world. “Hard question is not, ‘What is meaning of life?’ That is easy question to answer! No, hard question is what make happiness. Money? Big house? Accomplishment? Friends? Or …” He paused. “Compassion and good heart? This is question all human beings must try to answer: What make true happiness?” He gave this last question a peculiar emphasis and then fell silent, gazing at her with a smile.

“Thank you,” she said, “thank you.” She got up and finished stacking the dirty dishes and cups, and took them away.