It’s my Birthday and I’ll cry if I want to…

Tomorrow, it’s my birthday. And I’m not very happy about it. In fact, I’m downright grumpy. Another year older,wider, slower. So feeling very sorry for myself, I thought I would take a look at who shares a birthday with me…

One man who stood out above the other fellow birthday boys is Viktor Frankl who was born on March 26th, 1905. You may have read his book – ‘Man’s Search For Meaning”?

(If not, I recommend, especially as a cure for feeling sorry for oneself). Frankl was a doctor, sent with his family to the concentration camps during the war. From his experiences he gleaned that even suffering is meaningful:

http://web.archive.org/web/20070208234159rn_1/www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=4031

How about these words as a bit of a reminder as to what it’s all about…

“Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run – in the long run, I say! – success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”

Brilliant.

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