Victor Frankl's book is still a worthwhile read if you've never run across it. Basically it's about how to survive in a concentration camp without losing your soul. If that's possible, then the other trials and tribulations life sends our way pale in comparison.
Frankl pretty much discovered that no matter how in captivity you are, how constrained or mistreated, we still all have a CHOICE as to how we respond to our situation. No matter what - no one can take away your ability to choose how you psychologically respond to a situation, and therein lies our humanity and our dignity.
By the way, I really can't stand Paul Ferrell. And in this case I don't think he read Frankl's book very well since Frankl contradicts him in the very quote he gives!
If folks are trying to get in touch with what really matters to them in their lives and what their dreams really are, I recommend Barbara Sher's no nonsense "Wishcraft" in particular where she talks about "touchstones" - those things we love to do that really make the day worthwhile. (examples - Nord's surfing and Cut-throat's fishing). There is a free online location where you can download PDF chapters http://www.wishcraft.com/