I just had the pleasure of teaching Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl which is a book that can’t help but influence how you see life as it poses the all important question that the best of literature asks, what is the meaning and purpose of a life?
Here is the quote that framed the discussion—
“Things happen for a reason. But sometimes that reason comes only after they happen. It is not a reason we find, but one we craft, sculptured from our own pain and loss, bound together with love and compassion. As hard as we may search, we can only see it when we stop to wonder, looking back to see where we’ve been and what we’ve learned. It’s a grueling process, this forging a reason from the stuff of life, but it’s all we can do. And what we get for our efforts is a story.” Joel Ben Izzy