Can We Learn From Nazi Death Camps?
Today I didn’t feel like writing.
Which is exactly why today is precisely the day that I must write.
I have no specific idea, no inspiring story, or catchy opening. In fact, today I didn’t even want to get out of bed.
There is this interesting dynamic that goes on in my head when I don’t feel like doing something. My inner “Tony Robbins” or “Tim Ferriss” kicks in and starts telling me:
It is excellent that you don’t want to get out of bed because now you get to practice fighting that. Then you can help other people that are going through the same and you will have real-life experience doing so. Go read a paper of your Jar of Awesome, get out of bed and start jumping, or just go take a cold shower. Get Moving!
The truth is that, for me, 99% of the time the positive side wins that conversation. I push through by implementing my go-to habits (meditation included.. Is it for losers?). That is because I have plans and strong habits in place to push through the adversity. Yet, I have an ultimate hack that might help you too.
All the previous things I mentioned work:
- Having a "Jar of Awesome"
- Changing Your Behavior to Change Your Emotions (jumping, smiling, etc.)
- Taking a Cold Shower (It's kind of a reset button for our brain)
Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss share amazing resources about what to do when you are feeling down. In fact, both of them have been close to committing suicide, so they are well experienced in the art of going through the dark tunnel and living to see light on the other side.
As I mentioned in the post about that talks about What Would Happen If Another Hurricane Comes To Houston, we have to train our gratefulness muscle.
This is something that you can do anytime and anywhere. I carry a small book that allows me to increase my perspective in just a second and think about something I’m grateful for. This book always gives me energy to at least take one more step, no matter what I'm facing.
The book is Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl.
In it, Frankl shares his journey of the part of his life when he was in a Nazi death camp. He shares how it is impossible to avoid suffering, but we can learn how to cope with it.
It has helped me and I have no doubt it will help you. I haven’t even finished it. I just open it now and then, when I don’t feel energized, and read some pages.
Just order it and have it with you, it fits in any bag and even in a pocket. I’ll make it easy for you, click here and you can order it in less than 10 seconds.
You won’t regret it!