This morning, my Be The Change card is a challenging one.
Stop with the “you”. Start with “I”, “We”.
A card that, to me, talks about responsibility.
“What’s the meaning of all of this?“
This is a question that pops up often around me lately. And when we can’t find an answer, the question quickly moves into a quest for someone or something to blame.
Because there must be a meaning in all this madness that the world is going through, right? Or at least, it must be someone’s fault.
This card reminds me of two significant things.
The first one is that if I am part of the system I want to change, I am part of the problem. So, if I really want to be part of the solution, I must stop looking outside and begin thinking about how I can change.
“A truly significant change to your world will almost always require some kind of corresponding change to your self.” — Dave Gray
The second is that asking for the meaning of this situation is as pointless as asking for the meaning of life. I am the one who’s asked to give meaning to my life.
“We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.” — Viktor Frankl
I often use quotes from Viktor Frankl book, “Man’s Search For Meaning”. This should give a hint of how much that book has impacted my life.
I’d say that this is the perfect time for you to read it if you haven’t already.