Anyone who’s been following my posts this past couple of weeks will have noticed the flood of quotes from Viktor E. Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. I am usually very selective when it comes to posting quotes but this book left a big impression on me.
If you have not heard of Viktor E.Frankl don’t worry because i only found out about him when i started reading his book. All the quotes i’ve posted so far mean something to me but none more so than the one below which will be the last.
“As each situation in life represents a challenge to man and presents a problem for him to solve, the question of the meaning of life may actually be reversed. Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now! It seems to me that there is nothing which would stimulate a man’s sense of responsibleness more than this maxim, which invites him to imagine first that the present is past and, second that the past may yet be changed and amended. Such a precept confronts him with life’s finiteness as well as the finality of what he makes out of both his life and himself.”