“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for,” Victor Frankl said.
What qualified him to make such an insightful statement?
By the time he spoke these words, Frankl had faced death multiple times. Both of his parents, and his wife, were killed in Nazi concentration camps. He surely faced down the fear of his own death every day.
And yet, he found meaning in life. As a matter of fact, his life evolved into meaning from teaching others to live with intention. He encouraged men to find meaningful work, even under the watch of guards who looked for any excuse to destroy them.
Don’t you sometimes feel like that in the workplace today? Do you ever feel as if someone waits for you to fail, only so they can destroy you completely, steal your dignity, and take what belongs to you? Have you ever let those fears hold you back?
In Frankl’s day, not everyone heeded his guidance. Some chose to let despair and fear destroy them, rather than take risks by producing meaningful work. But in the end, both kinds of men died.
Who do you think died the more honorable death?
As I get older, I think more on such things. I don’t want to die with the What If’s nipping at my heels. I want to go out in a blaze of glory. In defiance of fear. I want to turn from mediocrity to meaning. And so I’m making different choices.
What I do with my time. Who I invest my talents with. I know what I want the end of my story to look like, and so I’m re-writing my life toward that end.
I’m choosing to work with meaning, or else death will carry me to an obscure end. I am making decisions to help me become a good and faithful servant. There is no greater meaning at work.
Do you know how you want your story to end? Are you writing a script that will take you there?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.
Contact her via www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to the Storyline Conference by Donald Miller
Matthew 25:23 NIV
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’