Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualised but yet ought to be actualised. Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualise these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.

When emotions are running high it can feel like you have to react, like to react is just natural or human nature. However, if you take the space between breaths you can see that you always have the power to respond and in doing so to grow.

“Occasionally I looked at the sky, where the stars were fading & the pink light of the morning was beginning to spread behind a dark bank of clouds. But my mind clung to my wife’s image” “Set me like a seal upon thy heart, love is as strong as death” -A Holocaust survivor story #viktorefrankl #manssearchformeaning

“To draw an analogy: A man’s suffering is similar to the behavior of gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber. This suffering is great or little. Therefore "size” of human suffering is absolutely relative" #viktorefrankl #manssearchformeaning #books #literature