It all Comes Down to Fate. Or Does It?

Facing a fate we cannot change, we are called to make the best of it by rising above ourselves and growing beyond ourselves.”

― Viktor Frankl

We think that we are free, that we decide our destiny. We think that we’re in charge, that we’re the author of our lives.

To some extent we are.

And to some extent we aren’t.

Viktor Frankl, the psychiatrist who penned the words above, was sent (as a young man) to several concentration camps. I can’t imagine this was in his plan for his life.

And yet that is where Viktor Frankl found himself.

Bringing it Closer to Home

I wonder what you’d wanted, and expected for your life.

I wondered what then happened. What derailed you from that course.

Who ripped up all your plans, the plans you’d carefully designed? The plans your dreams had fashioned. Normal – reasonable – good plans.

What Next?

We know the holocaust survivors suffered from PTSD.

Your life is changed for ever when you’re traumatized like that.

You’re psyche bears the scars. Those wounds – perhaps they never heal.

You don’t ‘put that behind you’ and pick up your hopes and dreams.

And yet ….

And yet …

There still are those who flourished.

Yes, of course, they needed help. They needed to be heard. Their story witnessed. Awful things!

They needed other people to be horrified like them. To understand their suffering.

The injustice of it all.

But …

They needed to believe they could embrace their life again.

To not let this define. Steal their future. Everything.

What about You?

It isn’t always over when we’re deeply traumatized.

It feels like life has ended – there’s no question about that.

But maybe you can work through all the pain and suffering. Pick up the broken pieces and design a different life.    

“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.”

― Harley Davidson

7 thoughts on “It all Comes Down to Fate. Or Does It?

  1. I’m sure you read my life 😁 Mum was rescued from the gas chambers aged 11 years old. She she did have what we know today as PSTD. This book I have never been able to finish. Gut reaching hell. Are you aware that Satanic Child abuse occurred 🤐

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  2. When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” That’s a powerful statement. One I want to ponder for I am writing a book about my life, a memoir of sorts. Yes, you have given me much to ponder, thank you.


  3. Great and thought provoking post! I also believe it can go either way. I do believe that we have control of our lives even though things beyond our control will happen. I think that the people who flourished either accidentally or on purpose, consciously or subconsciously, decided that they weren’t going to let what happened dictate the rest of their lives. My heart goes out to them all!


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