NDE - Lesson Two: Life Has No Purpose, But to Live!
Updated: Mar 26
I woke up in a dark room. My eyes opened and stopped on a clock. The needle pointed at one. I suddenly remembered that I was in a hospital. I probably had my surgery during all that time. I tried to move, and I realized that it hurt and that I was connected to an impressive set of tubes, electrodes, and other barbaric instruments. I was at a standstill.
A few hours later, I would be forced to sit down. Then to walk a few meters, then a whole corridor. Then up a few stairs. Then 15 minutes ...
At each step, I did not have any KPI. I had to progress. I wanted to progress. Nothing obliged me to do so but the impulse of life was stronger than anything else.
Today, I have resumed a new normal life!
I remember a reflection of an Indian sage, who was responding to a stressed executive: 'there is no purpose in life, life is the purpose'.
It is a life lesson that I have felt intensely since then: life is natural, it unfolds. And our life instinct animates us. Of course, we can define a purpose, the sweet spot between what we like to do, what we are able to do and what our environment needs. It helps to live.