Thoughts on Hope – 11

Everything can be taken from us 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.

– Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning


8 Comments on “Thoughts on Hope – 11

  1. Really nice photo!! Love the greens and greys of the Gorse – can hear them popping. A great quote too – an amazing man Frankl!!

    • Thanks Keith. 🙂 The gorse was blooming everywhere like crazy when I visited Ireland, and was so beautiful! We read Frankl’s book when I was in high school. His words are ever meaningful and relevant.

  2. Yes I was thinking when I read the quote that if anyone knows the secrets to meanings in life then no-one would would be better tho believe than Frankl. The early settlers to NZ brought Gorse with them so is very common and very much an invasive pest – but very beautiful.

    • Apparently the European settlers brought it here to, but it seems that Scotch Broom is more of a local problem, and in the Southern states Kudzu is a real nuisance.

      New Zealand. Now that sounds like a wonderful destination! After my recent trip, I’m ready to travel again!!!

  3. The difference between hope and optimism: hope entails pathways and thoughts to an intended goal. Optimism leads one to “expect the best, but it does not necessarily provide any critical thinking about how we are going to arrive at this improved future”.

    • Thank you for your comment, Max. Very, very true. Hope doesn’t require optimism. I wonder if one is overly optimistic, as opposed to being hopeful, it can blind one to reality.

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