Saturday, September 24, 2005
What Can We Learn About Attitude From a Jewish Holocaust Survivor?
Tonight will be a short blog. I am going to share a story about a Jewish Holocaust survivor during World War 11 from Warsaw, Poland. When the Nazis discovered that he spoke German, they tore his family away from him. His wife, two daughters, and three sons were mowed down in front of his eyes with a machine gun. That was enough, in itself, to have killed his spirit but then he lived 6 years on very little to eat. He slept on disease-ridden barrack beds, and watched people die. The miraculous part is next!
This is tonight's lesson on Positive Attitude!
When the troops came in and he was liberated, they found very little physical or mental deterioration in this survivor. Why did he fare so much better than most of the other prisoners in the camps?
When asked his secret, he related, " I had to decide...whether to let myself hate the soldiers who had done this...I had seen, too often, what hate could do to people's minds and bodies. Hate had just killed the six people who mattered most to me in the world. I decided that I would spend the rest of my life, whether it was a few days or many years, loving every person I came into contact with." After liberation, he spent long hours helping his fellow dealth camp survivors.
This man had learned the secret that negative thoughts, lead to negative words, which lead to negative attitudes and emotions. This negativity leads to imbalance and diseases. This man knew that hate would destroy his mind and soul if he let it. His positive attitude also kept his body and health from failing. POWs have related similar stories on their survival. His story is the subject of a book called Return For Tomorrow.
Just some food for thought when you are feeling that you can't go on. We cannot always change what life throw out to us.....but we do have control over our attitude. We can choose to be happy even in the worst of circumstances ....it's our decision. Would a change of heart help you in your life right now?
Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin
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