Thursday, April 22, 2010

Attitude

" We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of his freedoms - to choose ones attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose ones own way".

- Victor E Frankl - 'Mans Search For Meaning.

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13 comments:

Delwyn said...

the meaning of life
is the meaning you decide
to give to it

VF

Alden Smith said...

Yes, and when we find ourselves within a circumstance not of our own choosing, we still have the power to choose how we respond to that circumstance through our attitudes and actions.

Janice said...

So you could,, then, decide to not be afraid of bears? If you came upon one in the woods, for instance?

Alden Smith said...

Janice you are very perceptive. Yes, you could choose not to be afraid if you met a bear in the woods.
You could also choose to enjoy the experience and even choose to not take umbridge as the bear bit your head off and ate it. Ah, so many choices, so little time :-)

Janice said...

Aw heck, Alden, a bear wouldn't eat your head - he would be too busy licking off the honey and the bacon!

Alden Smith said...

Janice, I am absolutely offended by your suggestion that honey and bacon are far more tasty than me!

None-the-less if I ever do venture into the wilderness in search of bears I shall be driving a Sherman Tank, dressed in a suit of armour and clutching a can of mace.

Janice said...

Humpff! I'm sure the bear won't find you very tasty in that getup!
Perhaps you could put the honey and bacon on the outside of the tank, so the poor old bear gets something out of the whole ordeal.

Alden Smith said...

If you can bear it, bear with me while I explain: Your comments made me think I had lost my bearings, but now I understand - you are on the bloody bears side! - Bacon and honey will never taste the same.

A Fierce Reality said...

I love the comments and the article itself

Harold

Alden Smith said...

Thankyou Harold for taking the time to drop by and comment.

Janice said...

Oh Alden, you are as unbearably cute
as a teddy bear, and I would never want a bear to harm a hair on your head! I have spoken to all my bear friends, shown them your picture, and promised them copious amounts of honey and bacon if they leave you unmolested, should you ever come upon one in the woods. I was, in fact, born under the bear moon (native zodiac), and as my kin they will listen to me, so fear not! Choose to be unafraid.

Alden Smith said...

Phew, Janice, that's a relief. Contemplating walking in the woods was an issue bearing down on me with the weight of a Kodiak with 100kgs of berries and salmon in its tummy - and you born under a bear moon? that obviously has a great bearing on gaining a safe passage for me - when you showed them the photo, was it the one that showed my good side? (just asking) - Ah, I feel a teddy bears picnic coming on - and don't spare the bacon and honey I say. I shall pack the tea towels that have "I choose not to be afraid" printed on them, that way any twitchy bears will realise we mean business.

Janice said...

Actually, I didn't have a picture of you bending over, so I showed them the one from your blog, and they all agreed with me about the unbearable cuteness...except one who pointed and laughed, and said "hey, wait a minute, that's a picture of a chicken!". He changed his tune, though, when I smote him on the nose with a frozen salmon, and made him apologize. So it's all good, I'd say.