Life’s Expectations of Us

Life’s Expectations of Us

Today’s food for thought comes from a passage in Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning (an interesting read touching on his experience in the Nazi concentration camps, being introduced to thoughts on survival, and making it through with an expanding heart and head).

As our teens (and us too) wonder about the point of school, learning, or even life and their own purpose, and maybe wonder why bother even trying, some thoughts, courtesy of Frankl:

We had to learn ourselves, and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing man, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life — daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.

What is life asking of you? What might your teen consider life is asking of him/her? What is one thing to try, to do, one way to take responsibility — right now?

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