Wisdom Wednesday #8 – Finding Meaning

“Forge meaning.  Build identity.”

That is Andrew Solomon’s mantra and one of the many points he made in his recent TEDTalk “How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Make Us Who We Are.”  I saw this video this spring when it hit the inter-webs and I was drawn to it at the time because I was in reflection about my life up to now and looking at my life from a new perspective.

While I gained new insights from my past, the thing that stays the same is the understanding that my best lessons in life have come from my hardest experiences.   Mr. Solomon sheds light on his personal experiences and realizations through his research.  He states “If you banish the dragons you banish the heroes.”  And I agree.

“How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Make Us Who We Are.”