We are not Defined by Our Circumstances

I’ve finally gotten around to reading Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. Just a couple chapters in and I’m already learning so much!

One thing I wanted to share was this profound fact:

“We are not defined by our circumstances, but by the way we respond to them.”

This couldn’t be more true and applicable to anyone’s life. Convey refers to Viktor Frankl’s work, which he developed while imprisoned in Auschwitz. While being tortured by the Nazi’s, Frankl came to the realization that no one can control the way you react to your circumstances. You always maintain control of how you react to your circumstances. This concept may have been the main reason Frankl maintained the strength to survive the Holocaust.

You always hold the power to not be defeated by your situation. If you never let yourself be the victim, you will never be defeated.

Words to live by.

Peace and Love,

Heather S. Rose