My Japanese mentor, Ambassador Saburo Yuzawa, told me this on a visit to Japan in the late 1990's, and I have never forgotten it; "...the purpose of life John, is to become transparent to God's will." To that I asked, "well, how do I do that?" Yuzawa responded simply, "learn to get out of your own way. Every single day."
Such simple and timeless wisdom. We are both the solution, and the principle problem in our own lives.
John Hope Bryant