What is the Meaning of Life is an important question for all of us to contemplate. However, I believe that it is also beneficial to reflect on two other questions: What is the meaning of my own life and what is meaningful in my own life? As the ancient Greek philosopher, Euripides, taught us, “there is one life for each of us; our own.” Meaning is different for everyone—there is no one right answer—there is only the answer that is right for you.
In times of crisis, when we are struggling or lacking fulfillment, we need to go back to the basics in life and search for the sources of true meaning in our own lives. Meaning is all around us, waiting to be discovered. When we find something that matters to us, something that is meaningful, we feel it as meaningful because it resonates with our core essence or true nature. Conversely, when something is not meaningful, it is because it does not resonate with our core essence or true nature.
For me, meaning in my life is found when I see new opportunities to connect meaningfully with Others, engage with deeper Purpose, and embrace life with Attitude. These are the core elements of The OPA! Way. When I make every day an OPA! day, I am reminded that the basics in life are the most important. Many of the other challenges are just secondary. I realize that only when I find meaning in my own life am I then able to reach beyond myself and help others find meaning in theirs.
~Elaine Dundon, MBA, is coauthor of the award-winning book, The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work, author of the international best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation, and cofounder of the Global Meaning Institute. Elaine has an extensive background in Personal Development, Leadership, Metaphysics, Innovation Management, and Strategy. As a Philosopher of Meaning, Elaine is using her unique background to lead MEANINGology®, encouraging all to live and work with meaning.
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