Image: We are the sum total of all our choices

In his classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning, internationally renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl states that Love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire: “The salvation of man is through Love and in Love.”

Frankl endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. These experiences led him to the conclusion that man’s primary motivational force in life is his search for meaning. A reason, a purpose, a belief that each of us has something important to accomplish before passing on.

At the center of his thinking was the realization that everything could be taken away from us: all our worldly possessions could be suddenly gone. The one thing that could not be taken from us, however, was our Freedom to choose how we will think in any given moment of time.

Frankl explains, “We who lived in prison camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that 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.”

Freedom to choose one’s thoughts is the one great gift that has been bestowed on each of us from our Creator.

How wisely do you use this gift?

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