Last of freedoms…Your Attitude and the Human Spirit
When someone has damaged your very soul and your meaning of life, it is easy to replay that situation mentally… in that it takes over much of one’s thinking. The result: that person or persons who did this thing has intruded into your life and taken over one of your most precious freedoms…your attitude, mind and your human spirit. The privilege was not theirs. They have stolen it. Only you can take it back.
This was brought to me clearly when listening to a recent CBS news cast on the effect of terrorism and brutality on us psychologically, especially children. In fact, it was an “Epiphany”(realization) of sorts to me personally in that I had experienced some deep sadness over the past year. I found it a struggle not to think of this situation throughout the day….over and over again.
When I heard the words written by Antoine Leiris to the terrorists who had killed his wife and the mother of his child, I knew this was a profound truth.
“You WILL NOT have my hatred.”
The report continues to tell of Viktor Frankl who had lost his wife in the Holocaust.
“Everything can be taken from a man (or woman) but one thing: the last of the human freedoms to choose one’s attitude.”
It was these words that made me take hold of my sadness…my attitude…and confront within my own life, that my JOY will not be destroyed. Neither will my ability to LAUGH…and appreciate the good things of life. It made me look around me at the ones who show me love and the simple pleasures of sharing a meal and giving love back.
To those who read my blog, I ask that you will seriously consider your own hurts, disappointments, tragedies and sadness of life. Speak out in your prayers and even your voice, “YOU WILL NOT HAVE MY MIND, THOUGHTS or ATTITUDE. Your action WILL NOT ruin my life.”
The impact of terrorism on the human spirit
A special video on one of our last FREEDOMS. (enlarge screen for best viewing)