30 Days of Gratitude….Day 26….

 

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Baby’s face in a foreboding sky

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.

 

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Baby in a cloud looking up to heaven

“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!

 

 

 

 

 

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About Lornahttps://cottagenecessities.wordpress.comHow many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

9 thoughts on “30 Days of Gratitude….Day 26….

  1. Beautifully written words that I completely resonate with. I think we’re all searching for purpose and meaning. Here’s to continuing that journey with hope.

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  2. Excellent.. We live in a world of duality.. Learning that in many situations we are given opportunities of growth and seeing that often our greatest enemies in life have also been our greatest teachers.. And understanding we are always given a choice.. And it is our free will as to what roads we wish to follow.. And without those who tread a darker path.. We would not know a lighter one. ❤

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  3. I have this book. I think I’ll put it at the top of my book stack to read. You know a lot of my story, Lorna… purpose in life is still the big one I struggle with… and it’s not depression like we always thought in the past. So many days, I don’t want to get out of bed because I don’t want to face the day. I lack for nothing of necessity, materially, have a prince of a husband, and yet… even gratitude can’t always give me the push I need. There’s a disconnect somewhere and I’m still searching. Thank you for being so willing to be a guide. 🙂

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    • Ellen. Have you read any of Eckart Tolles books? The power of now will help practice presence. I posted some videos on face book on my page. Take a look. I think you will lik

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      • I like Eckart Tolle. I’ve tried twice to read Power of Now and can’t get through it. Tried his other one, too, and couldn’t get very far.

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