Sunday, November 19, 2006

It's Not What Happens to You

I am reading Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. Frankl was a psychiatrist who survived being imprisoned at Auschwitz and three other concentration camps, and who survived with his spirit and his compassion strengthened. He wrote:
Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms, to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
-- Victor Frankl

In his book, he quotes Nietzsche:
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
--Friedrich Nietzsche

and, in several places:
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
--Friedrich Nietzsche

Frankl agrees:
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Doing the Right Thing
and Achieving All Your Goals at the Same Time


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