You are your response
Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist who lived in Vienna during World War II. He saw first hand the Nazi persecution and was eventually sent to Auschwitz, a slave labor concentration camp. While observing the horrors of the camp and losing almost his entire family, Frankl used his expertise to record his observations and form new theories on the human condition. One of Frankl’s main conclusions was, “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.”
Your life is a series of situations, good and bad, small and large.
You are not defined by those situations.
You are defined by how you respond to those situations.
A life, a career, a relationship, is the compounded result of those responses over a period of time.
Think of it as a scorecard with check boxes monitoring your responses, good, ok, and bad. The goal, maximize the good responses and minimize the bad.
Frankl said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space, in that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
I say, in your response lies the ability to define yourself and allow your personal brand of magic to shine through.