ABCs of Meaning: An initialism for the three key ingredients of a well-balanced life: Agency, Belonging, and Cause.
Agency: Autonomy, freedom, creativity, mastery; the belief that you can impact the world around you.
Belonging: Relationships, community, friends, family; the people that surround and nurture you.
Cause: A calling, a mission, a direction, a purpose; a transcendent commitment beyond yourself that makes your life worthwhile.
Autobiographical Occasion: A moment when people are encouraged or obliged to retell their life story.
Disruptor: An event or experience that interrupts the everyday flow of one’s life.
Lifequake: A forceful change in one’s life that leads to a period of upheaval, transition, and renewal.
Pileup: When a person experiences two, three, four, or more disruptors around the same time.
Ritual: A symbolic act, gesture, or ceremony that formally marks the beginning (or end) of a transition.
Shapeshifting: The process of altering one’s priorities to determine what gives our lives meaning.
Transition: A vital period of adjustment, creativity, and rebirth that helps one find meaning after a major life disruption.