30 Minute Meditations on Being Human from the Life and Writings of Viktor Frankl, Day 6: Having a Reason to Live

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Viktor Frankl Giving a Speech

Lesson for the Day: Hope is having faith in the future. It is a belief in the unseen or “not yet,” despite whatever difficulty or hardship one may be enduring in the present.

“When we spoke about attempts to give a man in [the concentration] camp mental courage, we said that he had to be shown something to look forward to in the future.  He had to be reminded that life still waited for him, that a human being waited for his return.”

Source: Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, 3rd ed. (New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1984), p.  99.

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