On Choosing the Right Attitude about Life’s Difficulties

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Viktor Frank

I was hurt,

so that I might be healed;

I was wrong,

so that I might be right;

I was weak,

so that I might become strong;

I was knocked down,

so that I might get back up;

I was rejected,

so that I might be accepted;

I was in error,

so that I might learn the truth;

I was told “no,”

so that I might hear “yes;”

I was sick,

so that I might be made well;

I was “wounded,”

so that I might become a wounded-healer;

I was depressed

so that I might become happy;

I was in despair,

so that I might find hope;

I was broken,

so that I might become whole;

I had failed,

so that I might succeed;

I had gotten the wrong answer,

so that I might find the right one;

I had lost,

so that I might win;

I had learned the agony of defeat,

so that I might know the thrill of victory;

I had experienced loss,

so that I might appreciate gain;

I had encountered hate,

so that I might value love;

I had experienced evil,

so that I might appreciate good;

I have learned from life’s negative experiences,

so that I might appreciate its positive ones.

I am learning to turn my tragedies into triumphs!

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