May 12, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: How Far Do I Bow?

by Tristan Keller

Age 19. Switzerland.

Honestly, I’m not sure if I found the purpose of my life. I’m still quite young, but I can share my view of life with you.

I don’t know why I’m here or why I exist. I don’t know if there’s a god or not. Frankly, I don’t even need this kind of information in my life. The only truth I know is that I find fulfillment in my relationships and living life to the fullest. I love to talk to people, to help them, to make them smile and to share new experiences. My main goal is to help people and to enjoy every precious moment with them. Contributing something to our society and not wanting anything in return, that’s what gives me purpose.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself, but still carry yourself in a respectable way.

You should start to appreciate the little things in life, like a cup of coffee with a friend, a conversation with a complete stranger or being alone with a person you love. If virtues like solidarity and love would be more promoted and everybody would practice them day by day, the world would be a way better place. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself, but still carry yourself in a respectable way.

There’s a quote from an Italian movie called “La Vita è Bella” (Life is Beautiful), which is still stuck in my head. There’s this guy who works as a waiter in a restaurant and asks his uncle how low he should bow, when he’d greet guests:

Guido: (learning how to be a waiter) How far do I bow? I suppose I can even go 180 degrees.


Eliseo: Think of a sunflower, they bow to the sun. But if you see some that are bowed too far down, it means they’re dead. You’re here serving, you’re not a servant. Serving is the supreme art. God is the first of servants. God serves men, but he’s not a servant to men.

That’s how I want to live my life. I want to serve, but I don’t want to be a servant.

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