Last night I went to a book review with some amazing women. The book we had read was “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Victor Frankl. What an incredible man. The insight and wisdom and life lessons are too numerous to mention. But the one that stands out in my mind is that we all have a choice as to how we want to live each day. We can choose to see what is going wrong or we can choose to see value in everything that happens….even the really tough stuff. As I read his incredible story, his mission, and the journey he went through in the concentration camps, I couldn’t help but wonder….”What would I do in the same circumstances?” Could I really see beauty in a flower when I am starving? Could I laugh when horror is all around me. Would I have the ability to focus on the good times and even be able to feel the presence of my family….although they are not there.

It also reminded me of Marianne Williamson’s article, “Time to Choose.” Here’s a snippet that caught my eye:

Every situation is perfect the way it is. Every circumstance offers you a lesson that will help you become the person you’re capable of being. What will you do? It’s your decision as to how you handle it.

I would like to think I could handle it and rise above the physical and mental strain, but until we are faced with a challenge I don’t think we really know who we really are. I know, for me, it has been the times of trial, and far less than what Victor endured, where I have discovered what I can really do and who I really am. I find encouragement in his words:

In man’s attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces, a creative life and a life of enjoyment are banned to him. But not only creativeness and enjoyment are meaningful. If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death human life cannot be complete.” “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 circumstance, to choose one’s own way. – Victor Frankl

What will you choose?