The one thing you always control is how you react
They used to think that running a mile in just four minutes was impossible.
Then a guy called Roger Bannister did it. Then everyone was doing it.
They used to think that travelling to the moon was impossible.
Barring some skeptics, it is now ridiculous to think the opposite.
Jesus of Nazareth asked his heavenly father to forgive the people who brutally crucified him, and Nelson Mandela left prison after almost thirty years with a will to work rather than bitterness.
An Austrian psychotherapist.
An Austrian psychotherapist who was taken to multiple concentration camps during WWII lost his parents, brother and wife in the process, as well as the manuscript for a book he was writing.
He could easily have become bitter at the world. But he noticed in the camps that those with purpose were more likely to survive.
He eventually published the book, having re-created it. That book is called Man’s Search For Meaning, and the man was Viktor Frankl. He once said:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing… the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
The one thing you always control is how you react.