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One’s Own Way

“Everything can be taken from a man or woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Victor E. Frankl

Two and a half years and 353 posts later, this quote remains the foundation of Cast Light. And when you consider Victor Frankl wrote this about surviving three years in the horror of a Nazi concentration camp in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, it puts our days into proper perspective and offers deep hope.

As our thoughts scatter chaotically from the past to the future, from what if to why me, we are missing the beauty and gift of the present moment. Moments that won’t return.

We can’t remain the same and expect things to change. We have the power and responsibility to set the tone for our day, our own life. And when we surrender that power to others or our circumstances, we lose our way.

Life is awesome and we must actively search, find and foster that awe in each day. The more beauty and light we see, the more will come because we recognize it. And when we take in light over shadow, we can cast it back out to light our own path and those that choose to join us on the journey.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Your blog brings a sense of peace to my soul. Thank you for continuing to write it.

    May 20, 2014
    • Thank you. If we all had peace in our souls, the world would have a sustained peace. Both of your blogs are awesome.

      May 21, 2014
  2. Beautiful. Just like the first time I visited here. I love your message. 🙂

    May 21, 2014
  3. Thanks I needed to read this quote today.

    May 21, 2014
  4. So many people try to take from us what we should be. They try to change how we think and if we are not careful we allow them to take our thoughts in a direction that fits how they want the world to be seen. But if we keep out attitude right we see what this life is really about. We become the good person we should be in spite of the attitudes of others. Great Blog

    May 21, 2014
  5. I heard this Victor Frankl quote today in the car while listening to a book on tape. It was so powerful that I had to rewind to hear it again. I love how this very quote is the foundation of Cast Light! I’m also glad that you emphasized that “we can’t remain the same and expect things to change”…my dad always told this to me over the years and every now and then it’s nice to hear it again. – Steph

    June 10, 2014
    • Thanks so much – so many inspiring words and models like Victor Frankl. We must be moved or regret our complacency. Cast light today – someone needs it.

      June 11, 2014

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