Every single day that you wake up is an opportunity. It’s your chance and your choice to be miserable, if you so choose. We all have negative aspects of our lives which we can dwell on. And on the other side of the coin, each new day is your chance to start again, with a more positive attitude. We all have blessings in our lives for which we can be grateful. We must be aware of opportunities all around us.
Viktor Frankl helps us be Aware of Opportunities
Even if a lot of other freedoms are taken away, each person has the freedom to choose their attitude. As the Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said, “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.” If you haven’t read Dr. Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” I highly recommend it!
If we choose a positive attitude, this will help us to be more aware of the opportunities which are around us. On the other hand, if we choose (or fall into the rut of) a negative attitude, this will help us to see more negative traits around us. With our awareness, we can create our own luck. In short, a negative attitude will help to bring you bad luck. And a positive attitude will help to bring you good luck.
I have seen this happen in the daily life of the world. Two people can be having a difficult day with similar obstacles. The one approaching the obstacles with a negative attitude adds on to their struggles and encounters even more obstacles. The one who stays positive and looks for the bright side, with hope, often finds help and even “miracles.”
One of my many favorite quotes seems to go with this: “You have to create your own luck. You have to be aware of the opportunities around you and take advantage of them.” –Bruce Lee
Our attitudes do make a huge impact on our lives.