I saw this on PBS Newshour today:
This particular part struck me:
“In recent years, psychologists have started looking more closely at how the single-minded pursuit of happiness affects us, and they have come to what seems like a counter intuitive conclusion: Chasing happiness and obsessing over it, the way our culture encourages us to do, can actually make people unhappy and lonely.
But it’s different when we set another goal for ourselves, when we search for and pursue meaning in life.
Human beings are creatures that yearn for meaning.
When we look up at the stars, for example, we don’t see random balls of fire. We see swans and bears, we tell stories and myths, and we wonder
about where we came from, our place in the universe, and
how we can make our lives count.
Making a narrative out of the events in your life provides clarity.
It offers a framework that goes beyond the day-to-day.
It’s the act itself, and not necessarily sharing their story with others, that helps people make sense of themselves and their lives.
And we all have the power to tell or to re-tell our life story in more positive ways."
I write here, crafting my own personal narrative. Through writing, I find purpose and meaning in my life; during moments in the daylight of my life, when things are bright and flow with ease, and, moments in the dark, sometimes full of fear and pain. I share my narrative for me, but, also in the hopes that others reading might think about how crafting and sharing their own narrative through life might bring meaning and purpose.
People find meaning and purpose in many things. And, what we assign as meaningful or purposeful matters - those things lay the foundation for why we think, talk and behave in the ways we do.
Listening and learning from each others journeys will only help us grow more individually and together. We are all here for different reasons, evolving through experiences of joy and challenge and everything in between. Learning from each other's experience strengthens us all. 😊