Dec 17 2012

Finding meaning during suffering.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still in the grief phase from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday.  At the same time, I know it’s important not to stay there, somehow we have to move forward.

There’s this book that my therapist recommended to me after a time of loss in my life.  It's called "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.

It’s a psychologist's observation on why certain people were able to survive the concentration camps during the Holocaust.  He realized the people that survived such tragedy had one thing in common.  They had something (someone) to live for.  There was something in their life that gave them meaning.

He shares this quote:  "He who has why to live can bear almost any how." - Friedrich Nietzsche

That meaning  or "why" is different for everyone.   I don’t know about you, but as I looked at my life differently this weekend.  Instead of focused on what's missing, I am focused on what I have.

My meaning, my "why" are my 3 children.

God, help those parents move forward and find their "why"...

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