The Purpose driven life is one in which all things, when applied to your purpose, align. When we have purpose we have power.
“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”
This is one of my favorite quotes. Viktor E. Frankl - was a writer who wrote Man's Search for Meaning - here is a wiki on that book.
Man's Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagined the future affected his longevity. The book intends to answer the question "How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?" Part One constitutes Frankl's analysis of his experiences in the concentration camps, while Part Two introduces his ideas of meaning and his theory called logotherapy.So how does that work with our revisions? I do think when we are attempting something with such a broad scope - like writing a novel or book length memoir or non-fiction - we need to constantly go back to our purpose. Your purpose needn't be highfalutin - it can be to entertain but there is usually something deeply personal and meaningful in why we write at all and in what we choose to write. It might be to show your third grade teacher that in fact you aren't a dummy! It might be to share something - a way of life - a part of the world - a personality - that most people don't really know about.
I have different purposes to why I write different stories or in different genres. I like writing mysteries (though I have ignored my finished and half-finished mysteries lately) because I like the puzzle of creating them (sort of like quilts) and because I think they are a good way to feature a part of the world most people know squat about. I have written my literary novels because I'm interested in the psychological effects of certain events on people. I want to understand how family works and how doesn't. I write poems for a way to show how I see the world and its meaning to me.
All of them and everything else falls under another purpose - my overall purpose in life is to wake up and help others wake up. I happen to think we spend too much time in our past and future and I know when I write I'm actually in the present - I hope others get that too but it is actually secondary.
When I'm revising and the hot rush of getting words down is over I really need to remember why I want to finish and perfect each manuscript. I need to touch down on my purpose to energize getting through the million details of such a large work.
How about you?
Here's a photo of the Canadian Babes - my close buds. They will be just arriving in Cuba right about now and I'm not with them. Gah! Next year I hope. And no we don't always wear plaid shirts a la Bob and Doug but it was a special Canadjun moment, eh?