The Question of Meaning in Life – Day 3 Transform Difficulties Into Triumphs


An extract from Day Three of my workbook: Transform Difficulties Into Triumphs in 30 Days. A Story-Based Workbook.

The meaning of life is not a question that can be put in general terms. Frankl says this would be like asking a chess champion: “Tell me, Master, what is the best move in the world?” [2] There is no such thing as a best or even a good move, other than the particular situation in a given game and the personality of one’s opponent. Similarly, the meaning of a person’s life is in the moment. Each person has their own unique mission to carry out, something that demands fulfilment. In this sense, no person can be replaced. As each life situation challenges us or presents us with a problem to solve, the question of the meaning of life can be reversed. We can rather ask: “what does life expect of us?”[3] We each need to recognise that we are being questioned by life and we can only answer for our own lives, by taking responsible action, which satisfies our conscience as the right thing to do.

2 Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning.

3 Viktor Frankl. In his words: “…it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.” Man’s Search for Meaning.

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Life Coach specialising in meaningful living/life purpose and mindfulness coaching via Skype. New 12-week psycho-education coaching, or a 30-day or 30-week coaching plan and other customised programmes available on Skype or face-to-face in Cape Town, South Africa. I offer coaching for life transition/change, retirement, challenging or traumatic times. I am a personal, meaningful living coach, eTutor, UpSwing Coach and teacher, currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. My interests range from mindfulness meditation to discovering meaning and purpose, for myself and others, Viktor Frankl, and compassion.

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