“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates
Thank you to those who took the time to answer my question in part 1 of this blog, I believe that irrespective of what gives your life meaning, the fact that you have a meaning gives you purpose… a why… which will in turn allow you to thrive and survive. Creating fulfillment, meaning, satisfaction and freedom in your life opens the door to having purpose. Those who answered my question all had a why, be it faith, family or self growth, things that if all else were stripped away, are the things that will continue to sustain your spirit and enrich you.
There’s no reason for us to be contemplating the significance of our lives whilst sitting on our couches watching the TV. Rather, we should be discovering what feels important to us. As subjective as this topic is, what gives our lives meaning is what meaning we place on our experiences. It can be easy to run through the maze of life without pausing to think of its meaning. Does what I’m doing matter? More importantly, does it matter to me? If you feel that what you’re doing has real purpose and meaning it can have a real tangible and positive impact on your life.
German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’ Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you thus creating a life you enjoy living versus merely surviving day to day. Indeed, only when you know your ‘why’ will you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated and move your life onto an entirely new, more challenging, and more rewarding trajectory.
Information cited from the Financial Philosopher, The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky and Viktor E. Frankl’s book, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’.