Happiness Tool 5 - Victimisation

Victimization

Have you been wronged? Has something that happened to you kept you from doing what you 
want to do, or living the life you want? If so, I’m truly sorry to hear that. I wish the world was the sort of place where things like that didn’t happen.

The good news is, you have the power to turn this situation around. Whatever happened, no
matter how bad it was, it doesn’t have to define your life. It could be your whole story, or it could be just an experience from the past that you’ve overcome, one of many things that have made you stronger. Only you can choose, and you do have a choice. You can keep holding onto it, or you can let it go. It is standing between you and happiness. Even if something unspeakably horrible has
happened to you, you can still rise above it. Rape victims, children sold into slavery, people who have been blinded or crippled, even Holocaust survivors have managed to overcome the atrocities committed on them and go on to live positive lives. Consider this quote from Man’s Search for
Meaning, a book by Viktor Frankl about how he and others survived the Holocaust and rose
above their time in the concentration camps:

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but
they offer sufficient proof that 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.

In life’s worst circumstances, these people didn’t let anyone make them victims. You don’t have to either. Starting now, choose to define yourself in a new way, not by what other people do to you or have done in the past, but by what you do. Exercise your freedom to choose your own way

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