“The last of human freedoms – the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.”
In these Covid-19 days, the focus is on restrictions in our way of life. The word ‘freedoms’ is welcome, like a shaft of light in a dark space.
The quotation is from a book that you may have heard of. I finished reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl this week and its rich content around hope from the Holocaust will cause me to re-read it again.
I like the emphasis on each of us having choices in our attitude, even if our circumstances are beyond our control. Frankl asserts, “A human being is a deciding being.”
I am sure that you – like me – are all too aware of aspects of life you cannot control. Yet you – like me – have choices you can make in your response i.e. your attitude.
Frankl doesn’t imply choosing an attitude is easy; just that it is possible and worthwhile. Our wellbeing depends upon it.
Whatever our circumstances (or UK regional tier!), let’s start by being thankful for what we do have. It is a good choice to make.
In such a ‘serious book’, I also like the suggestion that having a chuckle at ourselves is good for our wellbeing.
We are in tough times. Let’s exercise that freedom to choose our attitude. Let’s make good choices and keep a touch of levity in the mix!
This is Mindful Monday on 19 October 2020.
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