For any one grappling with question of Self Renewal and/or searching for meaning of life, the article by John Gardner is worth reading. Personally to me, by far the best I have come across in recent time. Author deals with the question of self renewal, as in, what to do at certain stage of your life/career, and finally ends with these beautiful lines on meaning of life. Some where both questions inter mingles.
“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the 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 the things you believe in, out of the 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.”
Article is long and may requires atleast 15 minutes, so read it only if you have time, glancing or speed reading may not help.
Read complete article here.