World War II concentration camp survivor Viktor Frankl reflected in his book Man’s Search for Meaning:
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”
This morning I contemplated the key “whys” that are continuously on my heart and mind and propel me through adversity, disappointment and uncertainty. They include steadily growing in awareness of divine consciousness; loving my daughters and my significant other; writing and publishing books; and a deep, ongoing study of the country of France and all things French (including the language). This is certainly not an exhaustive list, but these are the big items that help make life worth living for me moment by moment.
What are your core “whys?” If this question is not quickly or easily answered, spend some time thinking it through. After all, if you plan to wake up each day and live, your life might as well be worthwhile!