This week I bring a quote from Viktor Frankl, a concentration camp survivor. He wrote the book “Man’s search for meaning”, which is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. His book has inspired readers from all walks of life.
He was a psychiatrist and head of the department of neurology at Rothschild hospital in Vienna, a Jewish hospital that was closed down by the National Socialist government. He got a U.S. immigration visa but he stayed in Vienna to not leave his aging parents behind. They all were arrested and deported to four different concentration camps.
In his book, he points out that “to achieve personal meaning, one must transcend subjective pleasures by doing something that points and is directed, to something, or someone, other than oneself… by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love.” Staying with his parents was the living proof of his beliefs.
It wasn’t his imprisonment though, that led him to this way of thinking. His work with dying patients and quadriplegics sufferings has originated his argument that the quest for meaning is the key to mental health and human blossoming.
As a prisoner, the meaning of his life was profoundly tested. His survival is explained mostly by his will to live and his attitude towards suffering. He says that “suffering is not necessary to find meaning, only that meaning is possible in spite of suffering.”
He wanted to live for his wife, brother, and parents. He had a steely resolve to never give up or commit suicide. He wanted to finish his book on logotherapy and wanted to live for his future.
After his liberation in 1945, he found out that he had lost his entire family. Contrary to many colleagues who then emigrated to other countries, he decided to remain in Vienna to help post war psychiatric patients, and made a very successful career.
Viktor rebuilt his life, remarried, and continued working as a psychiatrist, helping people find new meaning in their lives. He believed that ‘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.’
He found meaning for his life and dedicated it to help others find theirs.
I will leave you yet again with another one of his quotes:
“The world is in bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.”
How contemporary this quote is, isn’t it? In whatever we do in life, there will always be something we can change, if we give our best to ourselves and to others.
I am also posting for the Photo101 Rehab, the event for everyone who loves photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, or just curious , anyone is welcome), and wants to join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with.
Want to know how to join? Check below.
Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:
This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.
As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab reopened its doors.
You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”
How to join:
Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.
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Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.
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