Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The meaning of life

When life questions us, what do we say? Much of my past would be better ignored, honestly. I am not a total idiot but you have to go hunting for proof. The idea of life questioning you comes from psychologist Viktor Frankl. He feels we should not ask what the meaning of life is but be ready to answer when questioned by life. Here it is in his own words.

"We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life-daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual."

Many psychologists have said lots of things that sound good but have no practical application. Frankl's words were not lived in the soft chair in his reading room but in the German concentration camps during World War II. His outlook was based on helping others survive through some of the harshest conditions mankind has ever inflicted on itself. If your life seems too difficult, remember that others have endured worse. You can too! It is not about which government agency bails you out or what you can do to beat the system but how you stand up and survive no matter what life puts in your path.

You can read more in "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. It is an easy read but will challenge you to look at life differently.

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