Just completed my 8th reading of this book which I read every year ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’. You see, when your present situation is not what you want, you are left with either your past or to focus on the future.
I faced this in my life many times in the past. Many people who join our programme, especially those in their mid career, some call it mid life crisis, actually it is more of a loss of meaning. In this book Viktor E. Frankl tells the story of his experience and how you can maintain your inner freedom and your human identity in the face of a situation that is designed to completely destroy and demolish all human dignity.
This was during ww2 in a concentration camp.He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest – and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. This book is a great reminder about the need of purpose and meaning in your personal and professional life.
Some of the key points in this book:
• Human being is a finite thing, we have restrictions. It is not freedom from conditions, but it is freedom to take a stand toward the conditions.
• Everyday, every hour, offer the opportunity to make a decision, some people decide not to make a decision which is still a decision.
• Naked lives. These prisoners of war, had nothing more to lose apart from their nakedness. These who keep the hope, lived. Human is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he / she gives in to conditions whatsoever.
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