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Passover — the celebration of Jewish escape from slavery and Egyptian oppression — is an important and symbolic tradition because it reminds all of us, regardless of our religious faith, of how precious freedom is. The story of Victor Frankl is perhaps the best modern example of freedom and the symbolism of Passover.

Victor Frankl, although born free in beautiful Vienna, Austria, soon learned that physical freedom can be taken away anytime by totalitarian governments. During WWII, Nazis took away his freedom, and the freedom and lives of over 6 million people of Jewish heritage. Victor Frankl ended up in concentration and extermination camp in Auschwitz, where he endured starvation, unimaginable psychological cruelty and physical pain.

It is during his imprisonment — a time when his physical circumstances (he believed that those circumstances were temporary) were completely beyond his control — that he decided that although his physical freedom was taken away, that he will not allow his last remaining freedom — the freedom to choose his attitude — to be taken away from him by the Nazis. Victor did not die in Auschwitz. He was Passed-over. His faith, his sheer will to live, his attitude and belief in his personal freedom to choose his own mental attitude allowed him not only to live through the Holocaust, but to develop his theory of logotherapy. After the war, he escaped Europe, and become one of the most prominent psychotherapists in U.S.

During his lifetime, he shared with us many practical pieces of advice to help us embrace life. Here are three of his most important quotes:

  • Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
  • When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
  • Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

His most acclaimed book: Man’s Search For Meaning, is a highly recommended reading for anyone wanting to embrace freedom of a choice, to free himself/herself from the oppression of inability to choose immediate circumstances, yet maintain in control and be grateful for realizing that choice.

Chat with your aging loved ones or elderly neighbors about the story of Victor Frankl. Visit with them in-person or by phone and ask them about the difficult choices they had to make in their lives. The story of Victor Frankl and symbolism of Passover are just as relevant today as they ever have been. Freedom is always one generation away from being extinct.

 

We wish all of our clients, friends, neighbors and co-workers of Jewish faith a very Happy Passover.

With love for the Elderly…

 

Article Topic: Home Care, Senior Care, Eldercare, In-Home Care, Caregivers, Home

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