Sunday, March 12, 2017

What's this Blog for?

This woman, Emily Esfahani Smith, touches on one of the reasons I keep this blog. I saw this on PBS Newshour today: 

“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 around healing from trauma. In doing this, I find purpose and meaning in life. I hope, through reading, you think about your life, your personal narrative and meaning.  I hope you share your meaning, your story, too - we are all here for different reasons, evolving through different joys and different challenges. Learning from each other's experience strengthens us all. 😊

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