A blog by any other name: Creating Life

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” ~ Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

8666006407_8999d49aa8(Update September 20, 2013: Never being one afraid to change my mind, I’ve since settled on yet a different tagline, which suits me perfectly… for now.)

Deciding on a blog title or tagline has always been difficult for me, and I’ve gone through several variations on a theme that usually touches on creativity, reading, and writing. This week as I’ve shopped around for a new WordPress theme, I also have been giving thought to what, if anything, to call this blog. For a few days, I removed the tagline or blog description altogether and trusted that, in time, one would present itself.

It did. As with so many ideas that feel right, the phrase “Creating Life” came in the middle of the night, and here’s why I like it:

  • Creating life refers to living a creating life, a life that is filled with the act of creating: creating words, creating meaning, creating ideas, creating art, creating kindness. Much of what I am interested in, what I write about here, what I teach, and what I aspire to (some days more successfully than others) involves some aspect of creating.
  • Creating life also refers to the idea that we all are called to create the life we live, in big ways and small, every single day. As Viktor Frankl wrote, creating life, especially a life of meaning, is our unique yet universal task, one that we are never too old—or young—for.
  • Finally, the words “creating” and “life” are affirming and energizing and make me smile when I see them. I can open up my blog and feel good about what greets me.

What does it mean to you to lead a creating life?

How do you go about creating a life that is meaningful, especially in small, everyday ways?


Photo courtesy of Mike Licht, Creative Commons attribution.

2 thoughts on “A blog by any other name: Creating Life

  1. Creating life, for me, is the act of creating your own world. Finding your identity. It could be, as you mentioned, through words, or art, or through random acts of kindness. It a ripple effect, something that impacts not just who you are, but the world around you.

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