Victor Frankl (Austrian psychiatrist and author, 1905-1997), wrote:
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man 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.
How have you exercised your freedom to choose your own attitude? In what ways might you, with more intention, choose your way?
I invite you to a day of reflection on these questions.
#30DaysOfLoveAndReflection – Day 22
I’d like to think that my optimistic outlook is a creation of my free exercise of choice. However, I think that some of it is the result of biology and some the result of my life experiences. So, at one level, I’m not sure that I truly agree with Frankl. However, at another level I think it is a good belief to hold. I think that the mere act of holding the belief makes it more likely that we will make positive choices no matter what the reality of our biology and experience.
(It would probably take a whole sermon to make this make sense. It has to do with my love-hate relationship with the idea of freewill.)