It has crossed my mind a couple of times.
And sometimes I am somewhat serious as it crosses. Though, not really.
I verbalized this a few weeks ago to Tiffany when the topic of foster care came up on the radio.
She was somewhat surprised, but the discussion trailed off into some unknown and we really haven't discussed it since.
However, a few nights ago, Tiffany was feeling exhausted. She was feeling a little tightness in her throat and had a busy day taking care of her normal duties while babysitting for a neighbor who needed some help. When we put the kids to bed, she stated she wasn't tired, but was ready to sit back for a second.
So we turned on Netflix, and we ended up finding a documentary called "The Human Experience".
It touched both of us as we saw a filmmaker go homeless in NYC, head to Central America to some of the children homes down there, and then headed off to a leper colony in Ghana. Each of the segments had their own story and their own charm, but the segments about the children made me wonder if I am doing enough in this world. One comment made by the filmmaker is that these people he was filming, and 3rd world countries in general, know the purpose of their existence. It is to survive - get enough food, get shelter, and foster relationships. In our world, though we have to take care of these as well, they come at a much smaller cost and we have additional time and means to do other things. So we get confused as to our purpose.
We could go on a big discussion about purposes and reasons for living, using intellectual knowledge, spiritual or religious themes, or some other way of thinking about our purpose. All of which are worthy for discussion. But for lack of time and weary of the discussion topics, I simply believe that once we have taken care of our needs, we ought to look at how to take care of others. Simply put. I don't think there is anything else that gives the same satisfaction.
I am not very good at it, though. So I don't necessarily live what I preach. Thank goodness for Tiffany to help me out in this area. But with that said, people will always be the number one concern on my list. Work, as much as a necessity it is, will always be a means to and end, and for me, never and end in itself. Much to the chagrin of some, I am sure.
But back to the topic at hand... Have you ever considered adoption? I just know that I haven't ruled it out.