If you must question the meaning of life or summon some kind of answers about your existence, a visit to the Grand Canyon can be enlightening. I stood there in awe while looking out the deep chasm of the canyon and I pondered beyond geological matters. Overlooking the rim, I was literally mesmerized. It transcended power, greatness, strength, spirituality, infinite possibilities, serenity, beauty, and consciousness. We started the trip from Las Vegas, past Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, through historic Route 66, then to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, Arizona. The following morning, the Polar Express train took us on a 65 mile ride along the spectacular vast northern desert. Western cowboys and musicians introduced a taste of western culture and history during the whole trip. The train suddenly slowed down and three robbers on horses dramatically entered the train while shooting their guns in the air. They went on demanding our jewelries and other valuables. But the Marshall on board arrested them at the end. I had a blank bullet as a souvenir. It was the entertainment of the day. We arrived at the historic Grand Canyon Depot and we cannot wait to climb up the lookout rims. The tour bus took us to each viewpoint and all of us were just silent. It was almost an experience into prehistoric times and a miraculous transformation that was boundless. I sat there and took in all the wonders.
I observed details of paths and rails, heights and depths, colors and textures, grandeur, beauty, and spirituality. It was amazing. I then remembered reading a tale about Paul Bunyan when I was six years old. That tale captivated me at such a young age. It was so surreal when I finally made it there to the Grand Canyon. This legendary landmark will touch anyone to the very core. Many visitors noted that the Grand Canyon experience humbled them and put everything in perspective. The canyon’s grandeur made all the little nuisances in our material world feel very insignificant. For a moment, we understood a renewed sense of purpose. Life is too short to dwell on the little things in our modern lives. Our bitter feelings, hatred, greed, and daily distractions do not matter anymore. Nature lays it down quietly. In the aftermath, we found ourselves with greater respect and love for others, a deeper spiritual connectedness, appreciation, the desire to make a difference in this world, and focusing on what matter most. We felt empowered. Rick Warren once wrote the book entitled “The Purpose-Driven Life.” He mentioned it is never about you. Your existence has deeper meaning. Our purpose should be based on a higher power and not be driven from a self-centered perspective. We have to rise up to a level beyond ourselves. Then truly, life becomes more simple,satisfying, and worthwhile.