I read Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” in college and it was life-changing. I even had my students read it when I later became a teacher. His story of surviving life in a concentration camp and what helped people live and thrive is fascinating.
At the end of the book, there is one part that really stuck with me. He worked as a psychiatrist and people would ask him, how can you have any sympathy for my problems when you survived life in a concentration camp? His understanding of human suffering is remarkable; he says that human suffering is like gas in a room.
A small amount of gas will fill a room and a large amount of gas will fill a room. Any kind of suffering, large or small, has a way of filling your life in a very difficult way. We often cannot compartmentalize it. I try to remember that when I see the seemingly small difficulties of others and remember the words of Viktor Frankl.
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Contributor: Leslie Fischer from Sustainable Slumber