Have you ever let yourself get caught up in the emotions of a situation where you felt controlled by someone else, mentally deflated, or so beaten up psychologically that as a result you lacked the confidence to think you could actually succeed and become free of the torment? I think we all have at one time or another, and some of us experience this many times in our lives.

While thinking about this topic, I ran across a quote by Viktor E. Frankl.  “Everthing 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.”

Frankl wrote the book, Man’s Search for Meaning, in 1946 documenting his experiences during his capture and detainment in a concentration camp. In it he describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding a reason to live. Frankl extracted from his experience that a prisoner’s psychological reactions are not solely the result of the conditions of his life, but also from the freedom of choice he always has even in great suffering. The grasp a prisoner has on his inner spiritual self relies on having a hope in the future, and that once a prisoner loses that hope, he is doomed.

Remember, you have the ability to choose your own way and your own attitude regardless of what is going on around you.  Choose hope!