I recently came across a beautiful quote in my notes from a talk that Gerda Klein, a Holocaust survivor and a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, gave at Randolph College a couple of years ago.
There is no such thing as a bad day when you are in a room that has a door handle on the inside.
Think about it: As long as you have a door handle facing you, you can turn that handle and leave. That is freedom: the ability to change your circumstance.
Klein has an inspiring story. After years in a concentration camp, she was rescued. About one year after her rescue, she married the American Jewish soldier who first approached her and gave her freedom.
If you want to read more about what she said at Randolph, you can check out the article from the college’s blog that I wrote at the time.