“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”
Often I am asked “How can I be expected to live a positive motivated life when I am surrounded by all these negative people at work?” or “How can I remain positive and motivated when my loved one just passed away?” Again I am here to be the first to tell you this blog is not about being happy 100% of the time. It is about being happier and being so more often. There will be times in our lives that situations happen beyond our control. That is when we are forced to grow. When our emotional fortitude is strengthened. When we are forced to look for a deeper meaning than what lies on the surface. You have heard the saying “We can’t control our circumstances we can just control how we react to them” As the quote above indicates there are times when there will be nothing we can do to change our situations. Sure you could always quit your job and go looking for another. You better not be a single parent or like eating very much though. Once a loved one has passed on there is nothing we can do to bring them back. That quote actually came from the author of a book entitled “Man’s Search for Meaning”. Viktor Frankl was a prisoner in a Nazi death camp with his family. He was spared from the gas chambers, but had the terrible job of removing all of the dead bodies. Some of which were his friends and relatives. Now I realize this may not be all that inspiring, but my point is very few of us face a situation that tough. This man did. He knew that he could not single-handedly change that situation. What he could do was change what it meant in his own mind. He used his goal of being able to survive to be able to tell his story to both prevent something that terrible from happening again as well as to show others they have the power to impart meaning to any situation they face. So next time life gives us a challenge, remember it is not only our chance to grow, but our chance to look for the beauty, to look for the empowering meaning.