People always ask me what Logotherapy is…
Logotherapy is a positive healing approach which encourages the understanding that every person’s life has purpose, MEANING and direction.
Dr. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) author of Man’s Search for Meaning , a psychiatrist and neurologist who lived in Vienna both before and after WWII was the founder of Logotherapy. Frankl’s work before, and then during the Holocaust as an inmate in the concentration camps was to help people find meaning in their lives, despite circumstances. Frankl quotes Nietzsche who said: “He who has a WHY to live for can bear almost any HOW.” Logotherapy can be applied to every decision we make where we want to find meaning.
In the Biblical story of Purim Queen Ester is asked to confront the King with her plea to save the Jewish People from the hands of Haman who wants to destroy them. In those days a Queen didn’t have permission to just approach the King, and we all know what happened to the Kings last wife who acted on her own. Ester is fearful and petrified. Why did the events take place that landed Ester as Queen in the first place? Maybe there was a higher plan intended for her right from the start. Where does she get the courage from to approach the King?
Mordechai is insightful and gives her a way of looking at the situation from a different perspective. This is Logotherapy at work. He helps her to find meaning in a very difficult situation. He reassures her that the Jewish People would definitely be saved, and at that very moment she has a choice if she wants to be a part of that history. All of a sudden Ester is able to put her fear aside and rise to the occasion and the challenge of what life was calling out for her to do. As soon as she was able to connect to a bigger picture, a higher purpose to be able to show up to life and be an active participant, she was able to do what was asked of her. Thousands of years later we are still speaking about this courageous woman who was part of the plan to save the Jewish people.
Logotherapy encourages and guides people to find this meaning and to do something to make that potential for meaning real. Logotherapy doesn’t ask “why” things happen, but helps and encourages one to find answers to “what now”. In life we never know why things happen the way they do, or what opportunities these present for us, the good things as well as the bad. We have the choice to rise to the occasion to what life is asking of us. Victor Frankl says thats its not what we expect from life that is important, but what life expects from us that is important. Take this opportunity to be inspired by the greatness of Ester, and see where you can rise to greatness in your own life and turn your difficult challenges from stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
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