Posts Tagged ‘despair’

Viktor Frankl Defines Despair

February 27, 2012


Dr. Viktor Frankl

In this three-part interview, Dr. Viktor Frankl explains many of the key concepts in his groundbreaking book, Man’s Search for Meaning.

In his book and in this video, Frankl explains that concentration camp prisoners whose minds were fixated on an all-consuming reason to live—reuniting with loved ones, completing unfinished work, alerting the world to atrocities—were most apt to survive.

I particularly like the way Frankl defines despair, which he said can be expressed via a mathematical formula:

D = S – W

What does it (more…)

As the Rose of the Soul Unfoldeth

October 13, 2011

Nobly enduring suffering bestows wisdom; and wisdom provides insight into the value and the necessity of suffering.

God, whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.

Conversely, drowning in self-pity defeats the purpose of your suffering and brings (more…)

Flowers Grow Out of Dark Moments

September 17, 2011

If you believe that you are one with God, that you co-create whatever comes into your life, and that everything happens for a reason, then it follows that hardships are nothing more than course corrections on your spiritual path.

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.
Richard Bach

If you could but look through God’s eyes, you would see God’s (more…)

Wrestle your Fear to the Ground!

February 15, 2010

Never turn away in fear from a challenge that must be faced. Fear can only be conquered if it is seized and wrestled to the ground. Shrink away from it and fear becomes your master.

Look into your fears, dare them to do their worst and cut them down when they try. If you don’t, they’ll clone themselves, mushroom till they surround you, choke the road to the life you want. Every turn you fear is empty air, dressed to look like jagged hell.
Richard Bach

Fear is the moat full of alligators between you and (more…)

Remind People That They Are Beautiful

December 7, 2008

My friend Jia was in despair. She had walked away from a great job as a research scientist in her early forties to pursue her dream of earning a medical degree in the U.S.; her credentials as a doctor in her native China were not recognized in America.

Jia has a kind heart, endless compassion, a keen intellect, and an astonishing work ethic. However, medical school was not going well; the head of her program was treating her harshly, advising her to drop out and telling her she would never make it as a doctor. Jia kept giving her best but felt lonely, isolated, and ostracized by her fellow students.

At ten o’clock one night, I was passing by Jia’s neighborhood on my way home, so I swung by her house and rang the bell. Jia opened the door looking sad and forlorn. I told her that I could only stay a couple of minutes and that I had just come over to tell her something.

I took her hand and gently (more…)