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Making Meaning

Leslie Nielsen said, “Doing nothing is very hard to do . . . you never know when you’re finished.” Which I find funny, at least on a surface level.

It’s also disturbing. I grew up believing that doing nothing is a cop-out, that it’s important to to be “productive,” to “contribute” in some way. And I still hold that to be true.

In the midst of the current chaos, though, the definitions of “productive” and “contribute” have gotten harder to pin down. Sure, I’ll keep writing, keep trying to weave stories that at least offer a bit of distraction, entertainment, maybe even stimulate a moment or two of reflection in readers. But what else do I do to earn my keep?

How about you? How are you creating meaning in your life these days?