I am excited to share one of my favorite books for this week’s Inspiring Words post. I have listened to it on tape and read it several times. Each time through, I find wisdom missed and am reminded of the author’s deep understanding of the human spirit. The author is known psychologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl. His book is titled Man’s Search for Meaning
Man’s Search for Meaning
Written in 1946, MSfM spends its first half chronicling Frankl’s horrific experiences being imprisoned in Auschwitz. He retells the struggles experienced, lives lost, and the lessons learned about purpose to the human soul. The stories are gripping and heartwrenching as you read about the horrors of dehumanization and the power of the human will.
“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”
Few would have been able to experience such an ordeal and respond with such love and compassion for humanity. Upon reaching the end of his story, Frankl commences entrusting the reader with the fundamental wisdom which he obtained from his experience: that a human being, without purpose for his or her life, will lose hope, motivation, and even the will to live.
“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”
Power of Purpose
Frankl’s words on the power of purpose are universal. No matter the circumstances of your challenges, Frankl’s wisdom will help you reconnect to your unique purpose. He calls for us to recognize that true purpose is only possible when we recognize and connect to something bigger than ourselves. When a greater purpose is found we find fulfillment and the will to continue.
“For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.”
Man’s Search for Meaning is a short but impactful read. I recommend it to each and every one of you. If you are interested in getting the book, then you can find it here.
“But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.”