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April 15, 2009

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering.”

— Viktor Frankl

I heard this quote several times in my religious studies class. It was not until yesterday that I actually started to think about the meaning of what it is saying. The man who wrote/said this was a Holocaust surviver. Viktor Frankl before the Holocaust was a doctor of neurology and psychiatry. While he was in the concentration camp wrote a manuscript called The Doctor and the Soul, but that was destroyed when they found it. He did let this discourage him. It became he driving force and hope to be reunited with his family. Unfortunately, his family did not survive. He wrote another book called Man’s Search for Meaning. This man despite everything continued to live and continue to make his life have a meaning. 

When I heard that the quote above was a said/written by a Holocaust surviver it then somewhat made sense. But isn’t it so true. We continually complain in what we do not have, what has happened to us, we as a society tend to focus on the negative rather than the good that comes out of lives. But why? It does nothing, but bring us down more. The bad things happen in our lives for a reason and they shape who we are. The suffering we endure during our live can help us be stronger and better people, but that is not possible unless we understand the good that came from the suffering. When we survive or overcome the suffering, we learn from it. We are able to have this understanding for our life. It helps us gain fulfillment in our own lives. 

What do you think?

– Colette



May 5, 2008

Ever realize your life has change so much from what it used to be?  I was going through a few of my old pictures on my computer the other day and came across pictures from childhood and when I used to dance and it got me thinking. So much has changed in my life.  I used to lead a life full of doing shows, competing, practices, dancing from one town to another.  Now, I don’t do that at all any more.  I had to make a dramatic change in my life because my parents could not afford to support my very expensive hobby.  Although this hobby was not just a hobby, it became my life.  For about nine years of my life I was constantly dancing my heart out with no time to do anything else.  Now, in college I have stopped dancing.    It has put life in to perspective and taught me that  things change.  I thought that I would dance till I die, but life came and I had to make some changes.  I miss dancing, but to be honest I am happy how my life is now.  I have more time to do the things I want without worrying if it will conflict with my dance schedule.  That life is now gone, but the memories are nice.

– Colette