Man’s Search for Meaning

I read a book a while ago that had quite an affect on me. It was titled “Man’s search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. He suffered in Nazi death camps during the Holocaust and endured almost everything except death. He shows through experience that we can lose everything in life and live in bondage – and still live free by our choices.

We can choose to give up – or choose to continue living and growing.
We can choose to hate and seek revenge – or we can choose to forgive.
We can suffer or we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward.

He bore witness of the human potential and how we can transform personal tragedy into a triumph. To turn one’s predicament into human achievement.

“Man does not simply exists but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment”

My challenge: Think of one of the most difficult experiences in your life. What have you learned from it? How have you grown? Can you find gratitude for the experience now that you see the bigger picture?

[Originally written August 8, 2008]