MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING

I recently read a book called “MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING” written by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.

Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist, born in Vienna in 1905, died in 1997.  He published more than 30 books about psychology and spoke internationally about his life and work.

This book is small and relatively easy to read, based on Viktor’s experiences in the Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.  His writing is so good that you really feel the pain, anguish and frustration that those poor prisoners felt as they tried to survive “just one more day”.

My sister gave me this book to read as a “spiritual” boost to my emotional struggle living with MS.  The book carried a good message to me.  Basically that despite my suffering I must find meaning in my situation and develop ways to cope with it.

I find that hearing about the pain and suffering of others puts my situation into perspective.   What I’m dealing with is nothing compared to the horrendous experiences of those poor souls who found themselves in such a tragic time and place as the Nazi death camps.

I have so much to be grateful for and I just have to keep reminding myself of that.  Reading Viktor Frankl’s book is a great reminder.

Put this one on your reading list if you need a “kick in the pants” to get you back to living with gratitude.

Here is a wonderful message of gratitude and motivation advice written by Steve Maraboli.

”When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.  When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.  When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.  When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.  When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.  When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.  When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.  When times are tough, dare to be tougher.  When love hurts, dare to love again.  When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.  When another is lost, dare to help them find their way.  When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand. When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.  When you feel great, dare to help someone feel great too.  When the day has ended, dare to feel that you’ve done your best.  Dare to be the best your can.”

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