How do we find gratitude when the world is crumbling all around us?
In “Man’s Search for Meaning” Viktor E. Frankl, who survived for 3 years in Nazi labor camps, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished, has a message that still stands strong in today’s world events.
We Cannot avoid suffering –
Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.
We can choose how to cope with it, and find meaning in it. Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in our life.
We can move forward with renewed purpose. We have the freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stand we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering.
“Frankls theory – known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”) – holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful” (i Book review)
We can ask ourselves: What can I contribute? What can I create?
“Having a purpose is the key to withstanding almost any suffering.” Frankl
Think of an obstacle that you are facing today and search for the meaning underneath the situation.
Send a prayer of thanks to that situation for being your teacher, even if you don’t completely understand it.
Then take this gratitude out into the world with a deeper understanding of life’s plan for you.
Give a smile to everyone you meet!