Finding Meaning in Life
What if the point is how our soul reacts to each situation each day?
Viktor Frankl is one of my favourite teachers and authors. He wrote the amazing book Man’s Search for Meaning which tells the story of his time as a prisoner in the concentration camps during the second world war. Although this might seem like a depressing read, it was one of the most influential books in my journey – leading me to much more intense study of his work.
His main question was “What gives life meaning?”. In the camps, everyone was stripped of everything that we believe brought happiness to our lives: family, freedom, security, dreams of a future…
He observed that what made each person’s experience different was how they responded to their situation. Although they were all living the same kind of hell, some people would look up and motion to Viktor to see the beautiful sunrise. Another would steal the food of a dying man. Another would help. How each person acted was the point. The details were irrelevant.
I have a good friend who is in Alcoholics Anonymous and this is something she says about everyone in the program. No matter what they are addicted to and what their story is, the details are irrelevant. All that matters is the choices that they make inside their situation.