Learning from Viktor E. Frankl “Man's Search For Meaning”
- + - 1 Choose your Response & Not react with your Dino- Brain
- The one thing you can't take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one's freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given circumstance.
- + - 2 Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional
- Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.
- + - 3 Find the Meaning
- In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
- There is much wisdom in the words of Nietzsche: "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how”
- + - 4 Change Our Attitude
- + - “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
- + - 5 Discover Your Life's Purpose
- “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
- + - 6 Learn from Past Mistakes
- “Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now.”
Live as if you are experiencing life for the second time, having learned from the mistakes of your first attempt, and apply that wisdom to your present actions.
- + - 7 Paradox of Happiness
- Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.
- “When a person can't find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”
- “Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”
- + - Find Your Baloon:
- A teacher gave a balloon to every student, who had to inflate it, write their name on it and throw it in the hallway. The teacher then mixed all the balloons. The students were then given 5 minutes to find their own balloon. Despite a hectic search, no one found their balloon.
- At that point, the teacher told the students to take the first balloon that they found and hand it to the person whose name was written on it. Within 5 minutes, everyone had their own balloon.
- The teacher said to the students: "These balloons are like happiness. We will never find it if everyone is looking for their own. But if we care about other people's happiness, we'll find ours too."
- May your day be filled with happiness. ❤️
- + - 8 Use the Time Well
- “The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest.”