The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is the like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after having first jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down I these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that young person has, the future which is in store for him? “No, thank you,” he will think. “Instead of possibilities I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of suffering bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, though these are things which cannot inspire envy.”
To add to Mr. Frankl’s profound words — a member of my stake presidency last sunday talked about life’s choices and he framed it in a way I love:
“Anything is possible, Some things are probable, then it comes down to decisions of ourselves and others.”
So…. Possibilities become Probabilities and Probabilities become Actions. How do our decisions affect what is possible in our lives? How do they effect what becomes a reality? How do our decisions in attitude affect our lives?
Final thought: How do these two scriptures relate?