If you are too young to have experienced George W. Bush as your president, I hope the week’s reflections of his life will give you inspiration to find a way to be of service as a new wave of a “Thousand Points of Life.” If you are old enough to have lived under his presidency, I hope you will see the broader picture of his life and how he transformed a major loss into a greater sense of purpose for himself which he expanded to include the rest of us.
As President Bush was fighting literal war battles on many fronts during his tenure, he also formulated a vision for service to provide meaning to our time-limited inhabitancy on Earth. Concurrently, many civilian society leaders in business, church and academia were contributing to the theme of President Bush through speeches, sermons and books.
In 1994, a year after President Bush’s presidency, the book “The Search for Meaning” was released. Authored by Thomas Naylor, William Willimon, and Magdalena Naylor, the book poses questions based on the premise if you were stranded alone on an island, could you still find meaning in your existence even without connection with others?
The professional backgrounds of the three authors represent the broad domains of our lives: economic, spiritual, and emotional. Throughout the book they weave a series of questions to assist the reader in self-reflection on how to come to grips with individual purpose.
The 10 questions the three experts developed for self exploration are:
- Who am I?
- Where am I going?
- How can I prevent my life from being a series of accidents?
- What do I want to be when I grow up?
- How shall I overcome my separation from others, myself, and the ground of my being?
- What shall I do to resist the temptation to have?
- How does one learn how to be?
- Can I find meaningful employment?
- Is it possible to experience real community?
- How can I die happy?
President Bush in many ways is the embodiment of the answer to these questions.
“We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a thousand points of light … we all have something to give.” President George H.W. Bush
Love and light to you today as you live out your meaning and reward by naturally allowing the light of you to shine forth.