basilwhite (basilwhite) wrote,

Lessons Learned from "Man's Search for Meaning," by Viktor Frankl

He who has a why to live for can endure almost any how.

In a way, life is about making choices that improve the choices you make tomorrow.

Look fit for work. Shave, stand and walk smartly.

Write something about today that you'll be able to laugh at when the conditions of the story you write no longer apply (i.e., a "look back at this and laugh" story about today.)

Count your blessings.

No one can take away your good attitude.
Be worthy of your suffering.

Achieve something through your own suffering today.

It's never to early to face death with courage and dignity.
Nostalgia deprives us of opportunities to make something positive of the present.

Every experience has a victory you can make out of it.

In the future, how do you want to say you used today's suffering as a means to get to that future?

Making your suffering count for something is your job; tears prove that you have the courage to suffer.
What you have experienced, no power on earth can take away from you.

The meaning of life is responsibility in the formal sense: The ability to respond. Choices.

Live as if you were already living for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now.

Change your behavior, change your experiences or change your attitude.

Diaries and journals make your past exploitable.

For things you want that you can't directly control, work toward the things you can control for which the thing you can't control is an emergent property, e.g., I can't control whether I catch a fish, but I can work toward waking up early and putting the bait in the water every day, and catching fish is a property that emerges from those actions which I control.

You can't make bad things happen that are outside of your control, so trying to make your unwanted, uncontrolled behavior occur takes the wind out of the sails of anxiety. A bad thing isn't your fault if you can't make it happen.  

It's impossible to fail on purpose, because failing on purpose isn't failure. Failing on purpose is a form of success. Failure to fail is also a form of success. So if you can't succeed, fail on purpose. You can't lose! Failing on purpose is the secret to avoiding failure.

Problems don't drive you crazy. FEAR of problems drives you crazy. Fixing the problem fixes the problem. Fixing the fear makes you sane.  Fear is not crazy. Fear, in fact, means you're not crazy.
Feeding a selfless goal starves your fear of attention.

Ask how you can make your pain, guilt and death work for you.

Volunteering spites the devil.

Constantly ask "What is the meaning of this?" and "So what?"

Experience isn't as valuable as achievement, but the ROI is greater. For example, thanks to the experience of reading this book, I have significant insight on the lessons learned from concentration camps without having to enter one.

Do something, feel something, rise above.

Suffer as well as possible.  The way you choose to endure suffering reveals and builds character.  

The difference between heroism and masochism is the necessity of the suffering.  

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