The One Choice Nobody Can Take From You

I need to reread Viktor Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning as I've been reflecting on some of his quotes around choice and attitude lately. If you aren't familiar with Viktor Frankl he survived years in a Nazi labor camps, including Auschwitz, where his parents, brother and pregnant wife died. Out of a situation that most of us can't even truly grasp, he came out of it to give us words like this.


You think about the things we complain about in our lives, and the things we feel have no control over, they are most often inconsequential. Yet we let these things control our thoughts and feelings.

I realize that some of my core values in my life are based around lessons Viktor Frankl has given.

  1. I can't control what life throws at me, but I can control my attitude and how I react to the situations I'm in.
  2. It does no good to worry about things that I can't control.
  3. Most things we worry about in life aren't really that big of a deal.
I get that things in your life aren't always what you want, now what? You have a choice before you. You have control over what comes next.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves. - Viktor Frankl

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