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Sarah Caisley's Free Thought is about the meaning of life, broadcast around 8.30am in Breakfast on 5th October. Or listen to it online right here the next working day.

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Becki, Canada
Hello Ms. Caisley,For some unknown reason, we here in Canada are not able to hear your broadcast. I am more than curious to know what you have or have not discovered in life. It was a delight to have you here in Canada for your grand-daughters wedding. Until we meet agin...

Jina www.jinawallwork.co.uk
I think that you can only discover the meaning of your own life by living it.Where you questioned the choices you made and wondered if you should have focused more on writing or acting it made me think. You did all the things that were right for who you were at that time. There can be no regrets.

Shana V. Alexander
Dear Sarah,This is a personal message. I hope that someone has the free thought to pass this on to you.Did you know that you have unsurpassable worth and have a heavenly Father that is so proud of your beauty as a person and wants you to know Him better. He loves you so much that when it seemed the bad in this world would stop you from knowing how much He loved you, He came to earth, and spoke words of love, truth and reconciliation.I'm 33 Sarah, I have found the meaning of life, it doesn't mean my life is perfect, it can't be in a imperfect world. But I have experienced God's love for me and believe when I think of the person of Jesus, who was all God and all human, I see the face of the God who came to make sure that we would be free to know Him. And to know that His intention for this world was not pain and suffering, but to know Him as Father and live in this beautiful world and enjoy His love and natural provision.I believe that is the meaning of life, to know your God, your heavenly Father and in so doing use your unique purposes to change this world for the better.I've worked in the Arts and have now moved on to work for a human rights charity and my daily prayer is "bless the work of my hands and increase good in this world".Should you wish to discuss the meaning of life any further please get in touch.God Bless you Sarah and your familyYou are in my prayers.Shana V.

Steve - Midlands
For me -What's life all about? - is the wrong question; finding the right question; now that's my goal. In the meantime I make it a policy to avoid people bearing answers.

Ann French, Clacton-on-sea, Essex.CO15 3TX
Having wondered, like Sarah Caisley, about similar questions in my twenties, I was introduced to information which answered all my queries and, after thorough investigation, I became so convinced of the truthfulness of that source that for the past 40 years I have been making it my main concern to help others to find such answers. I would be happy to share this most satisfying information with anyone who requests it.

Gunnar Colding-Jørgensen, Odense, Denmark
To Sarah Caisley: I fully understand you, as I during a long life have divided mys time between a multitude of activities (all inside music, though). The probability of getting a better life through concentrating on one activity is in my opinion very little, if you are the type of person interessed in many subjects. It is more likely, that you had had a stressed and bitter life, struggling for a specialized perfection in one thing and had missed the pleasure of experiencing a wide palette of human activities.

David James, London
What is the meaning of life? Survival - from molusc to man the answer is to survive by any means available. First shelter, then food, then mating. Man, however, is (or thinks he is) a bit special - he needs food for thought; that is both his delight and, in many cases, his downfall. Man's problem is that even after having satisfied the basic urges he is still unsatisfied. He needs to know, to find answers and he goes to extraordinary lengths to find answers to more and more abstruse questions. He has the power of thought, a 'muscle' that he must use. I don't know why, but this is the case and results not only in producing more and more efficient tools for living, but in beautifying and developing those tools into, for example, cathedrals, books, theatres, research centres, treatises and theories about life.In other words he is perpetually seeking, opening secret doors, climbing new mountains, asking seemingly ridiculous questions.Incidentally, I enjoyed your brief talk and biography immensely. I, too, am of a certain age and have travelled in realms of gold - having studied and taught in Canada, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the Far East. I too am a jack-of-all-trades, having begun as an artist, thrown it up to brush up my English, studied Linguistics, then begun a new career as a writer. This of course means being a reader and a listener to others expressing their magical minds by making noises or marks on paper. Thanks again, Sarah, and may you find many happy years of exploration ahead!

Cathy, Salisbury
I was so touched to hear Sarah’s heartfelt questions this morning about the meaning of life. ‘So confused’, she describes herself, ‘why can’t I work out what life is all about?’Sarah has obviously been searching for many years, I for relatively few. I recognise something of the frustration she feels from my own journey. So now I feel I must write to tell her that I have found what she is looking for! I haven’t discovered this secret through my own education or effort. No human being can do that. But the Creator of our confusing world (who therefore surely knows its purposes best) can give us the answer. One of the letters to the early church says that 'he [God] has made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfilment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ’. So God's purposes are to reconcile the world to himself through his crucified, resurrected son, Jesus Christ. I’ve discovered the truth of this and it has completely transformed my life. With all my heart I urge Sarah to investigate the Christian faith. She could talk to a pastor, or go on a course such as Alpha (www.alpha.org). She will find all the answers to the meaning of life that she has ever been looking for.

Jean Davies, Oxford
Sarah Caisley asked any listener who knew the Meaning of Life to let her know. I don't of course but I do know the meaning of life - for me. Being the same age and having had a life in many ways similar to hers, I know that its my intense interest in and appreciation of other people and their lives that gives my life its meaning.Her idea of thinking of the other choices one might have made is a good one for those nights when you wake in the small hours and can't get back to sleep. I intend to try it. Perhaps I could write my first novel?

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