On December 31st
of each year, most all of us look back at the events of the past year and take
inventory of our lives.We remember our
successes and failures, our joys and sorrows, and resolve to do things differently
in the New Year.So I’d like to share
with you something to consider as you make your New Year’s resolutions.
In September 1997, I
heard of the passing of a wonderful physician who helped change the world for
the better.Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, M.D.,
Ph.D. (March 26th 1905—September 2nd 1997) was an
Austrian Psychiatrist who survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.After he was liberated, he wrote one of the
most life changing books I’ve ever read: Man’s Search for Meaning (pub.
1946). In fact, the Library of Congress listed this book as one of the ten most influential books in the U.S. By the time of Dr. Frankl's passing, the book had sold over 10 million copies and had been translated into 24 languages.
In the book, Dr. Frankl
wrote about his experiences in Auschwitz and the lessons he learned.The one take away I got from the book was
this: It doesn’t matter what You ask of
Life, but what Life asks of You that really matters!
You may ask that Life
bring you Happiness and Prosperity in the New Year, but what Life
may ask of you could be the exact opposite.I know this is sobering to think about, but consider this: are happiness and prosperity really in your control? Not really!The only things really in your control are your own thoughts, attitudes,
and choices in life.
You can choose to think
positively rather than negatively; you can choose to love rather than hate; you can choose to forgive rather than hold a grudge; you
can choose to do good rather than do evil; you can choose to be merciful rather
than be vindictive; you can choose to have faith rather than give into fear; you can choose to have hope rather than give into despair; and you can choose to accept whatever life asks of you with
humility and grace.