I have been spending some time thinking about “meaningful work”. Specifically, how we can all derive more meaning from the work that we do.
So why do I feel that this subject is worth contemplating? According to the most dramatic quote I could find:
‘Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.’ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Searching a little broader, Victor Frankl tells us that if a person can find their “why” they can bear almost any “how”. But what does this mean, particularly if one is not sure whether the work that they are engaging in, is 100% aligned with their higher purpose?
Frankl goes on to give us a clue, in qualifying that it is not about our existential quest for meaning at work but about our ability to find meaning at a given moment.
This is significantly more manageable, and suggests that our focus should perhaps be on finding small moments of meaning, every day, in the work that we do.
Here are 4 small moments that I believe have the power to add up: