Compare Your Life To This Man’s And See If You Still Feel Like Complaining

Happiness Is A Choice

Happiness Is A Choice

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“It’s so important to know you can choose to feel good. Most people don’t think they have that choice.” Neil Simon

The Freedom To Choose

Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of the book Man’s search for Meaning, was imprisoned by the Nazis in World War II because he was a Jew. His wife, his children and his parents were all killed in the holocaust.

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The Gestapo made him strip. He stood totally naked. As they cut away his wedding band, Vicktor said to himself,

“You can take away my wife, you can take away my children, you can strip me of my clothes and my freedom, but there is one thing no person can ever take away from me – and that is my freedom to choose how I will react to what happens to me!”

Even under the most difficult of circumstances, happiness is a choice which transforms our tragedies into triumph.

A Real Life Wake Up Call

This is an inspiring true story no doubt. But does anyone feel a little guilty after reading this? You should. I know many people who are miserable with far more than Viktor could ever dream of having. In our spoiled culture too many of us have turned into big babies who throw mini temper tantrums at the slightest inconvenience. Unlike Frankl we complain about the most trivial garbarge.

You have to go to work: Oh you hate your job? At least you have one. Is waking up at 7AM too much for you? I’m sure there are ten people who would kill for your job,

You’re tired: Yes, you’re tired, but we’re all tired. We all have things to do, we all have responsibilities and we all love staying up until all hours of the night doing everything else we’re not supposed to be doing, instead of sleeping. This is no one’s fault but your own.

You’re unemployed: Posting statuses on Facebook or Twitter stating “Another week of being unemployed” will never get you employed. Stop complaining that there are no jobs out there because the chances are you are most likely not looking hard enough.

You hate your body, your personality, your car, your house, your spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, your life! The list goes on and on. Complaining can become a bad habit and remember – you’ll find whatever you look for. Vicktor Frankl had everything taken from him but still realized that he had the freedom to choose his reaction.

Why not make the decision today to focus on the many blessing you have in your life instead of complaining.

Remember the choice is yours!

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