Frankl writes about his experience at Auschwitz because it was here that he learned what the primary purpose of life is. Often we seek meaning in our work, our loves, and our effort to be courageous in the moment of difficulty. Frankl’s imprisonment helped him understand how the intensification of one’s inner life was fundamental for his survival. Although the camp was not a place to create positive experiences, that couldn’t keep him from thinking about the ones he already had.
Because life is about making choices and it’s the choices we make that give our life meaning.
“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.” Victor Frankl
Choices need options so there’s not much else to do but construct them if I want to move forward.