Choose from Life’s Possible Potentialities
Man is ultimately self-determining. What he becomes—within the limits of endowment and environment—he has made out of himself. -Viktor Frankl
“We had to learn ourselves and, furthermore, we had to teach the despairing men, that it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist not in talk or meditation, but in right action and in right conduct.”
Viktor Frankl reflecting on his 3-year survival in four Nazi concentration camps. - Man’s Search for Meaning
Meaning in life, “even as a hopeless victim facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by doing so change himself. He may turn a personal tragedy into a triumph.” As a prisoner, Viktor Frankl realized he must try to live for the future, he drew strength from his thoughts of his loving wife and his desire to complete his book on logotherapy.
He realized, no matter what happened, he retained the freedom to respond to his suffering. Frankl retained the freedom to choose “the way in which he bears his burden.”
The meaning of life differs from person to person, from day to day, and from hour to hour. Each of us constantly makes a choice concerning the mass of possible potentialities in life.
Which choices are condemned to nonbeing?
Which will you act upon?
“Life ultimately means taking responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.” -Viktor Frankl
Exercise: Write your own eulogy.
How will you be remembered?
What are your accomplishments?
Include your vision of future accomplishments.