Originally Posted by CoolRich59
However, reading the quote, I’m reminded of Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl: “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.”
Yes, there are similar themes throughout a lot of what I would call 'wisdom' writings. Marcus Aurelius, Buddha, Christ.... Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament also has a similar admonition. I consider 'Man's Search for Meaning' one of the best books I've read and the message resonates-excellent wisdom.
I have kept a picture on my computer that illustrated the same message; two people are riding the same bus looking out their respective windows. One sees a beautiful paradise and is smiling and happy. The other sees hades and is frowning and miserable. We make our lives.
I would say that certain cultures have common mindsets and that those mindsets have ranges along the attitude and happiness spectrum. It may be easier for some people to be happy/maintain a positive attitude regardless of their circumstances, whereas others have to work harder at that. Nevertheless, I believe that working on having that positive attitude over time strengthens one's resilience for one's life circumstances.