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Day 41: What Makes a Meaningful Life?

by Feb 10, 2021HOAM Elements, Life, What Is A HOAM?0 comments

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

Glen Stevens

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