“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any set of given circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl
If Viktor Frankl can speak and live in this way then so can we. Reader’s of my blog are no stranger to Frankl as I reference his ideas often.
For those unfamiliar, Viktor Frankl was an accomplished Psychiatrist who was imprisoned for several years in Nazi concentration camps during the 1940’s where he endured the very worst of humanity and unimaginable suffering.
Despite the suffering he endured, Frankl was able to retain a remarkably positive mindset, a mindset that he credited with being his salvation as well as that of his fellow survivors.
Frankl found this salvation by not allowing the overwhelming and terrible circumstances of his life to affect his outlook. He remained positive by turning his suffering into meaning and finding a purpose in his life, in his particular case the need to survive so that he could publish his research and speak about his experience.
We would do well to ensure greater happiness in our lives by following Frankl’s example and heeding his advice. If he can remain steadfast through the immensity of the suffering he endured, we can do the same.
Remain positive and firm in your resolve, and you will know happiness even in the face of the mightiest struggles.