ADVICE

The pursuit of truth and meaning and the lessons we learn along the way shape our life's journey

Life's experiences and the input of others impact our mindset and change our attitude. Picture: Shutterstock.
Life's experiences and the input of others impact our mindset and change our attitude. Picture: Shutterstock.

We all have unanswered questions. There are things we want explained; justifications we want to hear; confessions we crave; evidences we seek.

It's the pursuit of truth and meaning and the lessons we learn along the way that shape the person we are and mould the person we will become.

One of life's great confusions is that while we can make life's journey in company with other people we are all individually responsible.

We decide for ourselves. We are liable and we are accountable for our own decisions.

We demonstrate where we are at and who we are by our behaviour.

The people around us make judgements and assumptions based on what they can see and what they can hear. That puts the onus back on the individual.

We can offer and take advice and guidance but there's little point in forcing either on anyone.

We can attempt to educate and enlighten but the effort will be wasted on an unreceptive and unresponsive audience.

Maturity brings with it new perspective.

Life's experiences and the input of others impact our mindset and change our attitude.

It's then we choose what it is we are going to believe and follow.

Not every correct answer we find will be the answer we want, but that should not deter us from the pursuit of truth.

  • Gary Bentley is a Rural Aid counsellor.