Friday, April 15, 2005

In Search of Self

On recommendation from someone whose opinion I value highly, I am reading Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning." My favorite part, so far, is found in his preface to the 1984 edition. It reads like this: "Don't aim at success--the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run--in the long run, I say!--success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it." Wow, that's just about all I can say, wow.

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