Before the release of the most recent Sigur Ros album, the band put out a lyric video. I’ve been seeing lyric videos made by the artist more and more often, but this was the first that I saw that wasn’t in English. Knowing that Sigur Ros has been known to use made-up words and gibberish in their songs, I tweeted that I can now sing along with the words that have no meaning to me (whether or not they are real words). The thought made me laugh a little, and I thought I might share the giggles.
A friend of mine, Courtney, tweeted back (not giggling):
IF IT MOVES YOU, IT HAS MEANING.
Whoa. Things just got real.
And this has stuck with me.
Meaning-making is an important category for thinking about finding and doing your work in the world, and being moved by something is an indicator that there is meaning behind or within it. If it moves you, it has meaning, and that meaning is connected to something in your life experience. Your work and the ways that you want to bring yourself to the world today have meaning that is similar to meaning you’ve experienced in the past.
Pay attention to what moves you, to the things that impact you the most. All of these things matter. All of these things have meaning for you.
What are the interactions, the messages, the stories, the quotes, the interactions that move you? The more you can understand the things that move you in the present, the more you can create things that move you and others in the future. The more you know what makes you come alive, the more you can lean into it.