We can answer this question in several different ways.
We are all the same: human beings.
We are all different: uniquely individual.
- different personalities
- different hopes
- different backgrounds
- different experiences
- different challenges
- different dreams
With all those differences, are there any common themes that any person can use to create a life of meaning?
Our Search for Meaning
A holocaust survivor named Viktor Frankl wrote a book titled Man’s Search for Meaning.
He offers three essential elements.
- A worthwhile project to be working on
- A redemptive, or optimistic, view of our suffering and challenges
- A group of people who love and care for us
When you have these three, Frankl contends, you will have meaning.
One of the things I like best about being a Hero On A Mission (HOAM) is that the Life Plan, Goal Setting Worksheets, and Daily Planner Sheets are all based on these three elements.
It forces me to think about what big accomplishments I want to achieve during my lifetime.
If helps me frame the sacrifices/suffering that I will experience to complete these things as both: absolutely necessary and personally beneficial
It reminds me that I was made to go on this mission we call life, together with others who I can love and care about and who do the same for me in return.
A Life of Faith
As a person of faith, I find that this three-fold template of a meaningful life that Frankl suggests resonates with what I believe to be true.
It is consistent with my experience.
I’m finding it helpful as I live my daily life.
My faith provides the guidelines I need to know what I need to do to wisely apply this framework to my life.
My faith also points me outside of the framework and into a relationship with the One who:
- made me the way I am
- invites me into His worthwhile mission to bless our world
- suffered to accomplish this mission I benefit from
- and who loves me, cares about me, and is with me wherever I go