“You’ve left me no choice but to fire you.”
“I don’t have any other choices. What am I supposed to do?”
Have you ever felt, thought or said something like this? If so, consider the life of Victor Frankl, Jewish prisoner of war who spent three years in Nazi concentration camps between 1942-1945 and later went on to do pioneering work in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis.
His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, outlines Frankl’s discovery that even under the most horrific conditions humans can still choose their attitude. They key to his survival was that he continually searched for the choices he could still make, no matter what happened to him. By embracing this reality, Frankl possessed more power than the guards who dictated his very existence.
Most of us have more choices than Victor Frankl. We may be upset about what others have done to us. We may not like the options we have, and we may not want the consequences they carry. But we most definitely still have choices.
Do you want out of the corner? Find and embrace your choices. Own the consequences that accompany your decision. When you do this, even your suffering will have meaning. And when that happens, the corner disappears.
The concept of owning choice is part of the next book we are writing. Will you weigh in? What’s your perspective?
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