Frankl famously said that to
live is to suffer, but to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.
word, of course, is find. Which suggests a significant amount of
intellectual and existential work. Searching for aspects of our circumstances
that we can view as gifts to be treasured. Forgiving reality for being what it
is, but then cognitively reframing the story we tell ourselves about what that
That’s one of the reasons daily journaling is a deeply
therapeutic practice. Because it forces you to explain your own life to
yourself. It challenges you to acknowledge the meaning of experiences. And not
for any outside reader, but for the clarity of your own understanding.
more, if you’re daring enough to revisit those daily entries weeks or months or
even years later, rereading them chronological order gives you a chance to
study your own mind.
Nobody can deny the meaningfulness of that journey, nor
can they take it away from you. No matter how horrible the suffering felt along
I’m reminded of a comic book artist friend of mine, who once said that
writing down the difficult moments of your history lets you own it. The events
then belong to you rather than you belonging to them.
Remember, creativity is
the most important human resource we have. Don’t blow it all at work.
Pay yourself first. Aim some creativity at reframing your own experience.
situations as catalysts to grow and evolve, not to beat yourself up.
you’re not suffering, you’re surviving.
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