I completed Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl recently. It was a book that was long on my list, which given the nature of the moment, found its way to the top when I was looking for my next read.
In this book Frankl shares his experience and the lessons drawn from his time in a Nazi death camp during World War II. This book is not so much a historical retelling of facts, as it is an account of observations that helped bring meaning to the suffering he experienced and witnessed.
I found myself rereading whole sections because what I was taking in was so profound and pertinent to how we are working and living today. I dare not compare what many of us are experiencing in the covid-19 lockdown with the Holocaust, rather I am reminded of the principle that we always have a choice:
“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 E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
In this moment of crisis, much is left beyond our ability to control or influence. What is left for us to choose, then, is how we respond. When we make decisions, take actions, and take an approach that is centered on our values and people who matter most in our lives, we choose our own way. We can endure the trials set before us.
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” – Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
This book is full of timeless lessons and inspiration and it’s one I will come back to again and again.