In a recent Tavis Smiley Show interview, Alan Alda talked about his search for meaning:
“I’ve been lucky enough to live through most of the things that we all think will give meaning to our lives, trying to be an artist, being a father, a husband, being devoted to love and even trying to do good with other people. I had celebrity which a lot of people think will solve all their problems, but it doesn’t, and even money.
“But what’s funny is, none of that, or at least not any one of them, gives me a personal sense of lasting satisfaction that I would define as meaning.
“Because you say meaning enough, it starts to lose its meaning. I want to have meaning in my life between now and the time it’s over. I’m not thinking about getting meaning later on after I’m dead (laughter). I want to know now…”
Continued in Alan Alda interview – Tavis Smiley Show.
Related article Making Meaning, by Eric Maisel, PhD.
Related book: Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters, by Jerry Porras
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