The human body is a marvellous machine that can adapt to anything; the human brain is even more resilient. Many of us have reached points in their lives where they felt like they can’t take it anymore, but somehow they manage to cope, that’s the beauty of the minds capability to adapt.
In his book, A Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl firsthand explains how his mind adapted to torture, physical exhaustion, harsh conditions, and mental torture. One of the few survivors of the holocaust, Frankl explains the conditions they had to live and work in, and how the difference between life and death was the state of mind.
Although the story was very depressing, even hard to think true, it shows how a person’s outlook to life can dictate how the body copes. Frankl always kept a positive outlook, given the circumstances, as well as self-dignity, which was close to impossible to do in his conditions. That attitude is what he feels was the reason he survived.
The one insight I wrote in my notes and keep reading frequently is “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.”
I think that sums it up.