“Meaning is not what you start with but what you end up with.” — Peter Elbow
For us to have meaning we must first experience the struggles of life. When we struggle together in life we find meanings and as result of what we’ve been through together we develop closeness. We build new associations that we can cherish for the rest of our lives. Those associations are felt by our minds, souls and bodies. When there is no meaning in our lives, it’s like watching a black and white movie. Meaning makes life colorful and tangible. We need to touch things, feel the sun on our faces and wake up with a smell of coffee in the morning. We don’t realize that some things are meaningful to us until we revisit our old stumping grounds, or we miss something in our past whether that’s a person or place or thing. Having meaning in our lives give us some sort of purpose. We have a reason to get up in morning because we have a purpose in what we do.