Probably the first existential question asked of us.
Chickens come from eggs, so the egg had to come first. BUT, Eggs come from chickens, so the chicken had to come first. But………
When I move into my new house, I’ll be happy!
When I get a big raise, I’ll be happy!
When I buy my dream car, I’ll be happy!
Does that mean that the house, the money, and/or the car CAUSE me to be happy? For some, the answer is yes, and for those people, happiness is easily stolen from them. How do we internalize happiness, peace, and harmony such that they become who we are?
Happiness, peace, and harmony are the fruit of right thinking, for As a Man Thinketh, so he is.
Happiness, peace, and harmony are always options for us to choose, regardless of external circumstances. Once you own this and make it part and parcel of who you are, you are invincible. Setbacks, obstacles, life’s challenges and hardships, even the loss of someone you love, have no power to harm you, for you possess and use the freedom to choose, everything.
Dr. Viktor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist in Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s was imprisoned in Auschwitz. He developed a definite purpose, that he would live through this nightmare of death and destruction, no matter what, so that the story could be told.From early 1942 until late 1944, transport trains delivered Jews to the camp’s gas chambers from all over German-occupied Europe. At least 1.1 million Jews, Poles, Romani an Sinti, Soviet POWs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and young Germans who disagreed with Hitler died at Auschwitz in the gas chambers. Countless others not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.
What would be your chosen response in the face of all of that? This was Dr. Frankl’s”
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor Frankl mastered his thinking, and lived. He understood the power of thought as cause, and of all else as effect. He saw in himself and in the guards the human potential, maintaining the vision of what is possible, and thereby freeing what is best to come forth.
Thought as cause. Authentic Strength. Authentic Power. Authentic Living.
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