When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl
If you have not yet read “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl, you need to add this to your “Must Read” list. Reading books like this should be part of your plan for person growth.
Dr. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, was a Holocaust survivor who spent five years imprisoned at Auschwitz and Dachau. He knew what it was like to be in a situation that he could not change. Despite the conditions that caused many to despair and give up all hope, Dr. Frankl not only survived, he improved himself and his outlook on life while in that concentration camp. He knew that, despite the physical conditions, he alone was responsible for his mindset.
You may be in a situation from which you cannot physically remove yourself. Nevertheless, you are 100% responsible for how you think and how you respond to situations.
It’s easy to be the victim. It’s easy to point fingers and make excuses for things you don’t like about yourself or your life. It’s easier to remain miserable than it is to take responsibility for your life and take the actions necessary to change it.
Dr. Frankl found strength in the knowledge that, despite our circumstances, each of us is alive and on this earth for a purpose. Every life has meaning and significance and every human has a contribution to make to humanity.
We are more than the sum of biology and environment. We are part of something that is much bigger than we are, yet we are significant in it. In fact, we have a responsibility to make our life significant for the benefit of others.
Dr. Frankl noticed, in the death camps, that those chose to make the best of the circumstances, those who helped and encouraged others, those who gave their last piece of bread to someone else, were the ones who usually survived the longest and who proved that everything can be taken from a person except one thing: his ability to chose his attitude in any situation.
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