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Prisoners of Our Thoughts, 3rd Edition by Stephen R. Covey, Elaine Dundon, Alex Pattakos

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PRINCIPLE 3. Detect the Meaning of Life’s Moments

Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!1 (V. Frankl)

It is not the meaning of life per se that is important; rather, it is the search for meaning in your own life that is important. Meaning is different for everyone—there is no one right answer; there is only the answer that is right for you. However, the search for meaning in our own lives often seems like such a large undertaking. Where do we begin? Making this task more manageable is the subject of this chapter in which we introduce the third principle of Frankl’s work: detecting the meaning of life’s moments.

FINDING MEANING

We don’t create meaning—we ...

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