“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.” – Viktor Frankl
This is my quote of the week.
It originates from Viktor Frankl who is the author of Man’s Search For Meaning. The book details the author’s experience in a Nazi concentration camp. A short read, it is nothing short of profound. The author discovers that everything can be taken away from a man. Food, clothing, shelter, even his life. What can not be taken, however, is the choice of how a man responds to a situation. That is not to say that we should deny ourselves the recognition of a situation as it exists. Frankl recognized how bad life was in the concentration camp. He also recognized that he could choose how he responded to the camp. That attitude, if you will, is what allowed him to survive.
Frankl, through an experience that we would never wish on another human being was able to recognize a very important fact. How we respond to a situation is more important than the situation itself. He also recognized that we have the power to choose our response to a situation regardless of the circumstances surrounding it. Between stimulus and response is the power to choose.
It’s also the basis the for a lot of the get rich quick self help books out there. Skip the junk and check out the real thing. You’ll be glad you did.