Serving Beyond Self

Where's the Spirit?

The Problem With Meaning

by David Brooks
The New York Times 

What do you mean when you use the word meaning? How does meaning differ from happiness? What gives you meaning and purpose in your life? As Brooks explores these questions, he challenges us to turn inward in our reflection rather than accept the culturally constructed use and understanding of what it means to live a meaningful life. As he reminds us in this article, “In this way, meaning is an uplifting state of consciousness. It’s what you feel when you’re serving things beyond self…The ultimate authority of meaningful is the warm tingling we get when we feel significant and meaningful.” How might you live into that warm tingling of meaning this year?  

Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you…You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life.
— John Gardner