From the authors of Making Meaning in Older Age and Older Adults: Understanding and Facilitating Transitions (now in its third edition)
Many demands in life can impede meaning-making. The pressures of work, ongoing education, raising a family, caregiving for older relativesand morecompete for our time to pursue meaning in life. The work of character development, the effort and discipline(s) needed for purposeful living, and learning healthy ways of dealing with adversity can get short-circuited, leaving people with a sense of internal emptiness or quiet desperation. The desire to live a perfect life, one untroubled by "messiness," whether in our homes or in our life choices, can leave us with the nagging question: "What's it all for?"
This book offers short and easy-to-read meditations that address making meaning through the metaphor of dirt. With their decades of working with people facing challenging circumstances, identical twins Marlette and Annette explain why making meaning is important, and they outline practical ways in which adults can find meaning in their lives. Transparent and real, the authors address the challenging circumstances we may think disturb our lives unfairly (but may, in fact, lead to greater richness), as well as discuss the impact in the world of living purposefully. The authors write with insight and warmth as well as personal experience of adversity; they provide persuasive reasoning for the importance of living intentionally and meaningfully in the messiness of life. The meaning really is in the dirt!