Wow, where do I start. How do you find meaning, as an INFJ? I can only speak to my own journey. While I won’t give everything away, I will say that time, life experience, and adversity thrust me in that direction. I won’t lie, living in this chaotic world is hard for an Idealist. It is a struggle, sometimes daily, to find something good in which to believe. That is why writing is very important to me. I can express my ideals much better that way. For me, my meaning in life is knowing that I have either advocated and spoken up for those who have no voice, enlightened someone to truth (although I know that can be relative. All I can do is present it; it is not my job to make people see anything my way. They must take it and make their own path), or helped someone in the most simplest of ways (I feel this way about nature and animals as well).
My true passion is in bringing awareness and pointing someone in the right direction, or being an empathetic, listening ear. Of course, I feel best when I see someone’s needs fulfilled. I am often disappointed when I do not see change for the better, either in someone’s life or in the world. More times than not, I am disappointed but the drive is still in me to continue on and work for a better world. I am not an activist in the sense of protesting. I like to do things much more subtly, such as through writing or acts of quiet, civil disobedience.
As an INFJ or anyone who wishes to see truth and change in the world, finding meaning can be difficult. Our world is currently in a state of restlessness, and I am afraid to say, things will get worse before they get better. I do hope, one day, they will get better.
I do not know if I have or will make a difference in the world. I can only leave a legacy through my actions and writings and hope that one day someone will be better for it. As for myself, I too seek self-actualization in hopes of growing closer to the truth. None of us is exempt from it. It is the only way to find meaning.
“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.”
To find meaning and purpose is not to “find the meaning of life” but to unearth who you are and use that to serve humanity. If the focus is outward, we will wander about aimlessly forever. When the focus shifts inward, then we are on the path to enlightenment.
Meaning is different to different people. It’s not one thing or another; it is much more complex than that and yet it is simple.
“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.”
-Viktor E. Frankl
Final Thoughts: Be open, seek truth, face reality, be honest with yourself. Welcome adversity and love. Meaning may be closer than you think.