Victor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, is a must read for anyone interested in living a life of purpose. I wish I could reach through your computer screen and shake you until you agreed to read it. I feel that strongly about it. Victor Frankl was a psychiatrist who spent 1942 to 1945 in Nazi concentration camps and teaches us how to find meaning in even the most horrific suffering. He lost his parents, his brother, and his pregnant wife to the concentration camps. Through his suffering and his experience as a psychiatrist, he gained insight into spiritual survival.
I will be writing about insights gained from this book in the coming days, but for today, I wanted to share a quote that stunned me. It’s “Living Life Upside Down” stuff. The following is a quote from Frankl:
This is completely upside down from how people typically approach the riddles of life.
The truth is that we don’t discover the meaning of life. Rather, we answer life through the actions of our own lives so that at the end of our lives, we can believe we answered the questions posed by life with courage. We all experience this and in this we are all equals.
For me, it is pursuing a project in the face anxiety that I felt compelled to pursue without an exact certainty of how it will work and where my life will end up. I sometimes ask myself why is life designed this way? I don’t know, but I am responsible for my own life. You are too.
How is life questioning you? And how are you answering?