I have read so many books in my life. However, for the life of me, I can’t seem to remember Author and Title. I’ll remember storylines and what happened but rarely can I remember a book title. This isn’t the case for Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.
I remember reading him so long ago but as my friend is on the journey to discover his purpose in life, I can’t help but reflect back on this book. What is so fascinating to me is that everyone gets something slightly different from the book. Jaco talked about how do you even survive the evils of the camp.
Whether or not I realize the impacts logotherapy had on me ages ago when I read the book, or the various podcasts I consume, I can’t help but reflect upon how I tried to get him to understand his why or his passion.
I asked him as did Frankl, why do you not kill yourself? What gets you up every morning? Sometimes you have to start here. Sidebar–I recently posted this on YouTube but I’m glad the commenter understood where I am coming from sometimes my hubby tells me I need to work on my phrasing.
Often people ask me why I don’t. My response is, my God Daughter. I want to become the best role model for her. I want to make sure she is given and taught things I wasn’t. I want her to always know she is loved. That she is safe and that she can be and do anything she wants in the world.
Frankl talks about how sometimes it is a person that gives you purpose. He says the meaning of life is to suffer. It’s to find meaning in that suffering. It’s living for a bigger cause outside of you.
Frankl talks in the book about his wife and how he talks to her. Frankl also talks about him on the stage presenting papers etc. after this has ended. He talks about how the best of us didn’t make it.
I talk about how Gary Vee wants to own the Jets. How Simon wants to create a world where people enjoy going to work. I live by Simon’s Golden Circle which I can’t help but reflect has elements in it from Frankl. I am misquoting this but “a man who knows his why can endure almost any how.”
I mention how life is so short. If I were to die today, I would be sad. I haven’t done everything yet. I haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to do. I haven’t had the impact I want to leave on the world yet. I wouldn’t get to see our God Babies grow up and become women. I wouldn’t get to see my dream of owning an orphanage come to fruition. I won’t get to see my man running a business and becoming the leader I know he is. There is still too much to do and not enough time.
What’s your why?