I literally tell everyone I meet, wherever I go to buy Dr. Viktor Frankl's seminal book, "Man's Search for Meaning." I think it's the most important book you can read. It's a handbook on how to live a meaningful life. I have seen people endure the unimaginable when dealing with cancer and some break which would be normal under the circumstances while others go forth with extraordinary strength, resilience and perseverance and it simply comes down to ATTITUDE. My experience with cancer and the book "Man's Search for Meaning" has had a profound impact on my life and I think it will help everyone. It made me realize if people could endure the Holocaust, cancer and sickness then I can handle whatever is in front of me, I can control my attitude and choose to think a certain way rather than another way even if I can't control the circumstances around me. That choice is MINE and MINE alone. We all choose how we respond. That is truly the only thing we really have control over! Here's poignant quotes on the subject. But then again all of the quotes are poignant...
“Even though conditions such as lack of sleep, insufficient food and various mental stresses may suggest that the inmates were bound to react in certain ways, in the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.”
“A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining. What he becomes - within the limits of endowment and environment- he has made out of himself. In the concentration camps, for example, in this living laboratory and on this testing ground, we watched and witnessed some of our comrades behave like swine while others behaved like saints. Man has both potentialities within himself; which one is actualized depends on decisions but not on conditions.”
“It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.”