Last Wednesday’s “TED* Thoughts” focused on times in which we are victimized by natural disasters, like this week’s earthquake in Haiti.  There are also times in which the human experience involves being victimized by others – either an individual or a group.

When such victimization happens, we can react as a Victim or we can respond as a Creator – the choice is ours.  This may be a challenge for some to accept, but even in the harshest of circumstances, we still have the “freedom” to respond to the situation we face.  One famous example, which is referenced in The Power of TED*, is that of Victor Frankl and his response to his Nazi captors in World War II concentration camps.

Another from that same era of abject victimization is that of Anne Frank.  She came to mind when it was reported this week that Miep Gies, the woman who found and preserved Frank’s diary, passed away at the age of 100.  Much as the last blog focused on natural disasters being a time that calls for Rescuers, Gies most appropriately was a group of Rescuers who helped hide the Frank family for the Nazis.  As Gies once said, “I am not a hero… I only did what seemed necessary at the time.”

Anne Frank is an example of a Creator choosing her response to victimization.  The following are just a few of the quotes from her famous diary during her time of hiding:

  • “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
  • “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
  • “I live in a crazy time.”
  • “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
  • “Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.”
  • “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.”

Anne Frank is but one example of a Creator choosing her response to an experience of victimization.  May we reflect on her example in those times when we, in our own human experience, go through victimization.  When that occurs, pause and ask: “How do I choose to respond?”

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I would like to start a series of stories of individuals – living or from history – that stand as examples of a Creator in their lives.  PLEASE SEND YOUR EXAMPLES AND STORIES TO ME at demerald@powerofTED.com.