“The last of human freedom and the one that nobody can take away is to choose one’s attitude in anyone’s set of circumstances.”
When you hear this quote, you may think it is from someone who has a wonderful life. One might think, “Yeah, that’s easy for you to say. I bet you have an amazing job, a huge house, maids, butlers…” however you define having a wonderful life. For me, I would think this person must sit on the beach all day with a book, eating delicious food and pondering life.
Do you know who this is actually a quote from? Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor who wrote an impactful book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”. In this book, he speaks about how we have the freedom to choose how we are going to respond to any situation. This amazes me to hear that someone who has been thru so much can still believe this way. He also goes on to talk about how we can all find purpose in any situation and how having purpose gives us meaning to our existence.
Joyce Meyer, another person I admire and respect, puts it this way (I love her no nonscense approach). “Your problem is not your problem: Your attitude towards your problem is your problem!” Preach it, sista!
Both of these inspiring people are correct. We can choose to be angry when we are stuck in traffic or decide to take the quiet time and listen to music and “relax”. When our kids are screaming and hollering (this ones hard), we can scream and holler back or take a few deep breaths, and calmly react. Or go scream in a pillow in the closet! lol When the neighbors dog poops on our freshly cut lawn we can let it ruin our day or pick it up, put it on their front porch, and move on! Oops- did I just say that out loud?? Don’t do that!
I’m not trying to minimize anyone’s problems by any means. But even when the struggles are more difficult than the above, we still have the freedom to choose how we will respond.
How will you respond to lifes challenges today?
Thank you for reading! Choose to have a great day!
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville