Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of the book Man’s Search For Meaning, was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Second World War because he was a Jew. His wife, his children, and his parents were all killed in the holocaust. The Gestapo made him strip. He stood there totally naked. As they cut away his wedding band, Viktor 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. Adapted from Robert Schuller’s The Be-Happy Attitudes, page 199.
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