“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” --Stephen Covey
One of the ultimate examples of being the master of your fate is Victor Frankl. As a Jew imprisoned in a concentration camp for three years, Frankl endured horrible treatment and witnessed things worse than most nightmares. However, it was during that terrible point in his life that Frankl penned the immortal words, “The last of human freedoms—the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances.” If anyone had an excuse to succumb to his circumstances and blame others for his suffering, it was Frankl. But instead he chose a different response: to focus on the benevolence of some of his fellow prisoners rather than on the cruelty of the guards. By focusing on the compassionate things that his fellow prisoners did for each other he was able to retain his hope in humanity. While many around him understandably fell victim to the despair and eventually perished, he maintained a positive attitude and prevailed. While our own struggles today are significantly different than what Victor Frankl experienced in the concentration camp, we can learn from his example; if he was able to focus on the positive in such dire circumstances, we too can certainly do the same in our own daily struggles.