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Do you know what I mean?

Tuesday, June 07, 2022 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This summer, as we take time to reflect and refresh and rejuvenate, the ATD Maine Chapter Blog is going to look at meaning.

What gives you meaning? How do you know if your life is meaningful? If you've had a meaningful year? or month? week? or day?

Emily Esfahani Smith's 2017 book, the Power of Meaning, suggests one needs these four factors:

  1. Belonging
  2. Purpose
  3. Storytelling
  4. Transcendence (no pressure)

Starting with Belonging, she places a lot on our relationships: “Each of us has a circle of people—in our families, in our communities, and at work—whose lives we can improve,” she writes. “That’s a legacy everyone can leave behind.”

Is that where you start in your search for meaning? Or do you recognize your path in Logotherapy, finding value in human life or Terror management theory (<--that's a name!) studying meaningfulness and its relationship to culture or does your meaning manifest through something else all together?

We hope you'll take time this summer to read each week's blog post and interact with it--what does it bring up for you? What do you resist? What do you adopt? What do you simply abide?

I'm looking forward to reading posts from other Communications Team members for perspective and insight, as well as your responses on LinkedIn for more!

             

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