Living with meaning
During our recent coaching tele class we touched on the importance of meaning and purpose. Of finding our reason for being. And it’s so important to have something in our lives that’s significant, isn’t it. Something significant that’s outside of us. Something greater than ourselves.
I think Viktor Frankl probably puts it best ‘Ever more people today have the means to live but no meaning to live for’. That makes it a pretty empty life, doesn’t it.
So how do you find your meaning.
How do you find your reason for being?
After surviving years in a concentration camp, Frankl came to the conclusion that meaning can be found in a number of ways. And probably the most obvious is in giving something back to the world. In other words contributing your energies to something significant outside yourself for the benefit of others. The men in the camp for instance who comforted others rather than giving in to the horror of their own situation. All great people do this, don’t they. The return on investment in heartfelt giving is beyond measure.
But meaning can also be found by interacting authentically with others. Being true to ourselves. Being real. I guess you might call this meaningful interaction. And we’ve probably all had the experience of connecting deeply and meaningfully with another person. It’s precious beyond words.
And then there’s the meaning we can allow ourselves to experience when we change our attitude toward a situation we cannot control. If we can’t change something we can change the way we look at it. And the insights can be mind-blowing.
Brass tacks… to live with meaning is to ensure your own health and wellbeing.
Mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
So how do you get there?
For those of you haven’t discovered it yet the answer’s really simple. Just keep doing stuff. After all, stagnation leads nowhere.
So just keep doing the things you love and it might just be the meaning you seek will find you more quickly than you realise.
What’s your reason for being?