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Falling Off the Wire

Spirituality can help you walk the tightrope of life. But life will inevitably throw you some headwinds that can knock you clear off the wire. That's when spirituality can act like a net.

Time and time again, people who have come through life's darkest trials did so through some philosophy or spiritual belief that got them through it. That was their net. They may not have even realized they landed in the net until years later when they came out the other side. One of the most famous examples of this is Viktor Frankl, author of many books, but perhaps most famous for Man's Search for Meaning (2000). Frankl lived through the Holocaust and lost his wife and family. He also witnessed atrocities, suffered starvation, and witnessed the insanity and evilness that was the Nazi regime. Yet, through his suffering, he spawned an entire philosophical movement called logotherapy. His philosophy is not a religion in the traditional sense, but it did help him and countless others, since his book was published, make sense of the senseless. While it's hard to describe in a nutshell, and far be it from us to paraphrase a genius, at its heart it is about our humanity—and that the essence and grace of our humanity cannot be taken from us unless we give it away. He tried to walk through this world with that grace and with forgiveness.


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