The Power of Choice

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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

This quote by Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl, the author of one of the most deeply touching, illuminating and thought-provoking books I’ve ever read, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, never ceases to give me goosebumps.

⁣We all have the innate power within, no matter whether we realize it or not, to connect with our inner core wisdom instead of getting caught in the web of our Ego, to respond with our heartfelt, genuine feelings and thoughts instead of reacting with our habitual defensive patterns and primitive coping mechanisms, to hold space for ourselves and embrace our vulnerability even in the most challenging situations, instead of wearing our armour and denying our humanness and resisting our pain, while unconsciously making it much bigger.

The choice is always ours, the strength is always within…⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣Everything, every joy and sadness, every pleasure and pain in life is temporary, but our freedom to choose how we want to experience it is always with us. Being aware of this power we hold, and being able to use it to grow and free ourselves, is I think one of the biggest blessings in life…

4 thoughts on “The Power of Choice”

  1. Oh yeah, Frankl’s book Man’s Search For Meaning was pretty danged gruesome yet inspiring, and I’m so happy to see a quote here by him. It’s always a journey to discovering just how much power we have. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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