Welcome to the PRISONERS OF OUR THOUGHTS conversation series.
I'm glad to "see" you and look forward to getting to know each of you over time as we explore finding deeper meaning and fulfillment in life and work.
Let me start by having you think about a couple of questions:
Why do some people seem to have an easier time dealing with complex and challenging situations than others?
Why do some people seem more capable of dealing with change than others?
Recently, we have all had the opportunity to witness these differences, seeing the power of the human spirit in the worst of situations. It is timely that we start this series by exploring the first of Viktor Frankl's core principles:
PRINCIPLE 1: EXERCISE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE---in all situations, no matter how desperate they may appear or actually be, you always have the ultimate freedom to choose your attitude.
"Everything can be taken from a man but---the last of the human freedoms---to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way." ---Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
PUTTING MEANING INTO THIS CONVERSATION...
I'd like know what you've experienced ... and observed in your work and everyday life. Recall a situation in which you consciously exercised the freedom to choose your attitude about it. This could even be your current situation or one where you were confronted by a co-worker or difficult boss or unexpected change in the past. What was your initial attitude? How did it change? Did you actually "do" anything to change your attitude? If you have a difficult time focusing on yourself at first, think about your observation and inspirations of others that might help us all apply this principle in our own lives.
Talk with me. I look forward to learning from your thoughts and experiences.
All the best,
Alex Pattakos, Ph.D.
author, Prisoners of Our Thoughts
founder, Center for Meaning