Tuesday, November 15, 2016

On Meaning

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, 
but rather what life expected from us." 

~Viktor Frankl~

If you know anything about Frankl, you know he's a Holocaust survivor. In his book, Man's Search for Meaning, he discusses life inside concentration camps and how sometimes surviving came down to the "will to meaning." 

Nietzsche and I don't agree on everything, but I like the idea that: 

"He who has a why can endure any how." 

Frankl learned this inside those camp walls. So did thousands of others.

The odds aren't stacked quite so against us today. 

I know I've spoken of this on the blog before, but one of the best ways to find meaning in life (to find our "why" or "will to meaning") is to use our creative gifts and talents in service to others. 

Every so often it would do us good to step back and ask:

What have I accomplished in life so far? 

What do I have left to accomplish? 

This is the gap that needs closing: 

who we are today vs. who we have the potential to become.

What is life expecting from us, and what will it take from us to make it happen?

Be Brilliant!