The first is a u-tube of a 108 year old woman who has lived out her life with her glass way more than half full, despite tremendous challenges.
Credit goes to Tony Robbins for posting this u-tube of his interview with Alice Herz Sommer. Please watch this 12 minute video. This truth is beyond any fiction.
A book about her life is coming out next week: A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the World’s Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor, by Caroline Stoessinger
The second are the powerful words of a man who found his best self within the confines of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Neil Selinger wrote:
“As my muscles weakened, my writing became stronger.
As I slowly lost my speech, I gained my voice.
As I diminished, I grew.
As I lost so much, I finally started to find myself.”
The human spirit is truly miraculous. Jane Fonda uses the metaphor of a staircase to illustrate “the third act” of life. We are all on an “upward ascension”. The human spirit continues to evolve. The steps may be challenging for many but our inner growth, resolve and spirit can carry us to heights deemed unimaginable.
Once again, my favorite psychiatrist comes to mind, Victor Frankl, with his brilliant theories of life:
“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.”
Thank you for stopping by and reading. I hope you’ve been inspired by these stories. I welcome you to share (in the Comments) how these two examples of incredible human spirit have touched you. Please spread this message.