“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
As a psychiatrist and a perceived threat to the Nazi movement, Frankl was in four death camps including Auschwitz. His parents and his family members all died in those camps. In his book: “Man’s Search for Meaning,” one of the most powerful books ever written, he discovers and proclaims that love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Frankl lived to be 92 years old. He died in September of 1997. As of this past month, it’s been 63 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.
Many of you reading this blog are leaders: Leaders in your work, your religious affiliation, your neighborhood and leaders in your family. As leaders, nearly every day hardship of some kind comes our way. Occasionally, our circumstances are dreadful. We alone can choose our attitude in response to any crisis: We can choose hope or despair, anger or acceptance, kindness or cruelty. As humans, we have the freedom to carefully choose our responses – as leaders, we have the responsibility.