How to Get a Piece of Peace in Your Life

Monday, June 20, 2005

Finding Meaning

Psychotherapist Viktor Frankl wrote Man’s Search for Meaning, about his experiences in the concentration camp and the critical ability to find meaning in order to maintain sanity. The prison guards were able to strip away everything in his life except his thoughts. After these experiences, he developed “Logotherapy” which is based on choosing to find meaning in one’s life as an effective strategy for mental health.

To find meaning in life as the big picture, you must first find meaning in all the situations that happen in your life.

You have essentially two choices:

1) You can view each of your experiences as random, undpredictable, and uncontrollable, and automatically respond in a reactionary manner


2) You can view each of your experiences as an opportunity to gain meaning, wisdom, and insight, and choose the way in which you will respond

Rather than asking life, “What is the meaning of this?” Frankl challenges us to answer that very question that life is asking us.

How will you choose to view what life gives you today?