Robert Gardner on that Unique Pattern, or Entelechy

“I suppose I should wish you success, but that is too easy.  I would like to wish you something that is harder to come by.  So I am going to wish you meaning in life.  And meaning is not something you stumble across like the answer to a riddle or prize in a treasure hunt.
Meaning is something you build into your life.  You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you; out of your own talent and understanding, out of things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something, the ingredients are there.
You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life.  Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you.  If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.”
— Robert Gardner

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