Victor Frankl, a survivor of the Concentration Camps of the Nazis, suggests that there are three central values in life:
- the Experiential, or that which happens to us;
- the Creative, or that which we bring into existence; and
- the Attitudinal, or our response in difficult circumstances such as terminal illness.
Frankl recognizes the highest value as the Attitudinal or how we respond to what we experience.
Mark 9: 2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
Dr. Charles Garfield has done extensive research on peak performers, both in athletics and in business. He became fascinated with peak performance in his work with the NASA program, watching the astronauts rehearse everything on earth, again and again in a simulated environment before they went to space.
From his psychological research he learned that almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it; they feel it; they experience it before they actually do it. They begin with the end in mind.
What do you see?
Quotes courtesy Pastoral Care, Baptist Health Systems