Minute Meditation: What Do You Want to Do with Your Life?


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What do you want to do with your life?

Since we  humans do not live forever in this world, since time limits how long we have to live, “our time-limited selves” cannot handle the seemingly endless possibilities of what we might do with our lives. There is so much we could do but not enough time in which to do it. While we are thinking about what we could do or might do, time is ticking away, inexorably moving us to the end of our lives. So we must choose what we want to do with our lives, because we cannot do everything  conceivable.

There is another way of looking at the problem of a finite life with infinite possibilities, which is this: If human beings lived forever in time, in this world, they could put off doing many things indefinitely, because there would always be another day in which to do them. However, since we do not live forever in world, that is all the more reason to act with a sense of urgency, to discover what we want to do and then do it. In the words of Viktor Frankl, “Only under the urge and pressure of life’s transience does it make sense to use the passing time.”

Source: Viktor E. Frankl, Psychotherapy and Existentialism: Selected Papers on Logotherapy (New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1967), p. 88.