In times like these, you may be feeling a sense of powerlessness – it’s understandably easy, especially with how challenging things are now, to lose sight of the innate ability we as humans have to use our attitude and perspective to choose how we respond to situations.
A story that often inspires me is that of Viktor Frankl, a physician who lost everything during the Holocaust – he was forced into multiple concentration camps, and was skin and bones by the end of his experience. He had lost everything, including his family, but still managed to resolve himself to one thing – the freedom to choose his attitude toward the situation. Victor survived his harrowing ordeal, and spent the rest of his life teaching others about finding meaning and purpose in life.
So I’d like to encourage you today to see if you can shift your attitude, even if just a little, to steel yourself for these coming weeks. While it may be tough, and will ask much of us, we have an opportunity and an obligation to ourselves in these times to participate in our attitudes and ask ourselves – how do I want to be when I come out of this? I want you to know that you can pick yourself up, and I’m there to root you on. You have more in you than you realize.