The WHY is the most important
People who strive for something personally significant, whether it’s learning a new craft, changing careers, or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations. Find a happy person, and you will find a project. - Sonja Lyubomirsky
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." - Friedrich Nietzsche
When we don’t have a big why in our lives, a direction, a vision… then we often live more in a reactive mode, rather than a creative mode. We are just going through the activities day-by-day. There is a sense of something missing, of a lot of potential left untapped. We may feel low energy, and question ourselves what is the meaning of life.
On the other hand, when we do have a strong sense of purpose, then we are suddenly energised, committed, engaged. We have direction. We are on a path. And, regardless of the outcome of this journey, we are living more fully, and growing more deeply.
Viktor Frankl claims in his book Man’s Search for Meaning that if people suffer but see meaning in their life, and even in their suffering, they do not despair, as he himself did not despair when he was in Auschwitz and other concentration camps.
Some links to review purpose in life:
Questions we may ask:
Should we all have purpose in life, purpose in career or purpose in each action? What is the benefit?
Do we have one purpose in life or our purposes change in life?
Should everyone have the same purpose in life?
In the Philosophy Group, we aim for 'transformational conversations'. Come at 16:00, grab a drink, join a group, and have fun engaging and exploring the topic! We don't espouse any position, or seek consensus on any point of view. The discussions start at 16:30 sharp, so please be punctual. See you there!
Activity hosts: Nese and Shan