In a book I’m reading about ikigai➹, the authors have introduced logotherapy. The two ideas are related, being about having a purpose to live for.
It seems relevant to the journey of my great resignation, which is how this blog got started.
The Five Steps of Logotherapy
(1) A person feels empty, frustrated or anxious.
(2) The therapist shows them that what they are feeling is the desire to have a meaningful life.
(3) The patient discovers their life’s purpose (at that particular point in time).
(4) Of their own free will, the patient decides to accept or reject that destiny.
(5) This newfound passion for life helps them overcome obstacles and sorrows.
Once the patient has established their purpose, they can press on with life, breaking the mental chains of the past and overcoming obstacles along the way.
Where Am I In This Process?
(1) I started this journey by quitting a job and a lifestyle that I disliked. The hope was that I’d find a working life that satisfies. I called this hope my great resignation.
(2) I’m trying to replace a work life, with a life-work. That’s why I was reading about ikigai. So I already have the direction of travel.
(3) Step three is my work in process. I know that I want something greater than the great resignation. I’m just not sure how it’s going to work.
Writing is Thinking
I started this blog with the statement “I Am A Writer“. The intention was to push myself to write, even though I didn’t have the ideas clear in my head. Writing would be the act by which I figured things out, because writing is thinking.