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Can Make You Stronger

December 17, 2019

“That which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

You’re probably familiar with that quote.  I think it would be more accurate to say “can make us stronger”.

It ultimately comes down to choice.  How you choose to respond to all that comes, or is sent your way, can make you stronger.  You have no choice as to what comes or is sent your way.  You do have the choice as to how you respond.

Like a boxer in a fight who gets knocked down.  He can give up and stay down, or he can get up, quickly learn what just happened, and fight stronger and better.

One choice can make you stronger and one might kill you.  Not literally kill you, but kill your chance for a life filled with meaning, purpose, success, and joy.  The life you say you want, right?

“Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us.” – Anne Frank

“It’s choice, not chance that matters” – Jean Nidetch

“Life is a sum of all your choices.” – Albert Camus

It begins with internalizing the attitude of believing that you do have the power of choice.  You are the boss of you!

All of life’s choices have a price. We can’t choose the price. We can only choose whether we are willing to pay it.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstances, to choose one’s own way”. – Dr. Viktor Frankl from his book “Man’s Search for Meaning”  He was a Holocaust survivor*

Attitude and Choice

“In life some people have it easy and make it hard and some people have it hard and make it easy” Sam Fox, my Father (obm), a Holocaust suvivor

Dr. Edith Eva Eger, who was also a Holocaust survivor, never forgets what her mother told her the day her and her family were taken by the Nazis:

“We don’t know where we’re going, we don’t know what’s going to happen, but no one can take away from you what you put in your own mind.”

Dr. Eger used to ask herself, “Why me? Why did I survive?” But over the years she has learned to ask a different question: “Why not me? What is mine to do with the life I’ve been given?”

Here is your homework

*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you haven’t read Dr. Viktor Frankl’s book, make the choice to read it!!

Then read “The Choice” by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

 Be Good Do Good Think Good

7 Comments leave one →
  1. jocko permalink
    December 19, 2019 7:38 pm

    Dear Fred, The first night I met you, you mentioned Viktor Frankl and so I went and read Man’s Search for Meaning. That was about 10 years ago. I’ve been blessed by your friendship and teaching in the years since then.
    Keep on keep’n on. Jocko

    • Fred Fox permalink
      December 19, 2019 7:44 pm

      Thank you very much Jocko. You’ve been a good friend

  2. Helen and Jeffrey permalink
    December 18, 2019 4:11 am

    Great Post, thank you for sharing.

  3. Mark permalink
    December 17, 2019 9:48 am

    Fred: Great post. I met Eva Eger at a wedding in 2018 and sat and talked with her at dinner—she was still going strong.I first read Frankl’s book in high school, and still have it in my library.

    • Fred Fox permalink
      December 17, 2019 9:51 am

      Thanks Mark now read her book

  4. kirk u permalink
    December 17, 2019 9:25 am

    Fred, thanks for this post. Another inspiring message.

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