Meaning

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I wanted to share a couple of pieces on meaning, as it’s something that I have been thinking about a lot lately as I address health issues, prepare to start a crazy new project, and plan for the future.

First is The Minimalists Crisis of Meaning, which is important to understand what meaning isn’t, and what pacifiers we have put in place to avoid addressing the real problem.

The second is Visualizing the Meaning of Life: The Drip Coffee Model by Charles Chu on Medium. This is a more practical guide to help you look at what value already exists in your life, and how to find/add more.

Expanding on the second essay is Iddo Landau’s book Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World, which was Charles Chu’s inspiration for the piece, I bought the ebook and starting reading it this morning. So far I am really enjoying it!

Everyone wants to feel like their life is meaningful, but most people don’t know what that means and definitions of ‘meaningful’ will certainly vary person to person. I think it’s important to have a set of questions or tasks that help you find out what is meaningful to you.

Do you have any recommendations for finding meaning?

One thought on “Meaning

  1. Thanks for sharing these pieces, Erin! I’m adding the Landau book to my to-read list!

    Meaning is something I’ve been exploring a lot lately, and I love that it’s a favourite theme to ponder in the minimalist/simple living communities. I really enjoy reading about other people’s take on meaning. I recently read The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris, which talks a lot about identifying our values and using these as a guide for living a richer, more meaningful life. It definitely got me thinking. I got SO much out of the book and am looking forward to reviewing it on my blog soon. Incidentally, I’ve also been asked to contribute a guest post in May (via my own blog) to a blogging series dedicated to the topic of meaning, and I’ll be sharing a piece I’ve written on how the field of Positive Psychology explores the concept of meaning.

    I realise the above kind of reads like an advertisement for my own blog, but I don’t mean it that way.☺️ What I mean to say is, this is something that’s really important to me too!

    On the same topic, I have been wanting to read Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, as it keeps coming up on my radar over and over again. It sounds like a harrowing but life-changing read.

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