According to dictionary.com a victim is, “one that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions,” and a survivor is “a person who copes well with difficulties in their life.”
We cannot prevent tragedy or disaster from occurring in our life, but we can choose how to react to those events. We can decide to be a victim or a survivor.
You are stronger than you think, because you are a human being.
Mankind has overcome natural disasters, wars, tyranny, atrocities done by our own kind, and a massive list of other obstacles or difficulties. However, the human spirit refused to surrender. Humans continue surviving, regardless of the circumstances.
Don’t underestimate yourself or your power as a human being. You are stronger than you think.
I was watching my dogs play and thinking about how they were rescued.
Norton was living behind a dumpster. Buddy was found as a puppy in a box with his siblings and they had been abandoned. Joey and Blue were both strays found on the side of the road. Most of them exhibited signs of abuse.
With time, each dog discovered this would be their forever home. They would always be loved and have plenty of food. As they relaxed and grew comfortable in their new home, their true personalities began to shine through.
They all live in the moment and never dwell on their past. They are happy and care free. I admire them for that ability.
Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them. – Stacy London
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – Nelson Mandela
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. – Mark Twain
To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it. (Charlie Chaplin)
Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. (Joseph Campbell)
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have — life itself. (Walter Anderson)
Mom has started using dish detergent in the washing machine. I guess we need to stop procrastinating and go to the grocery store.
On the up side, the dish detergent is actually doing a great job. Maybe, we can postpone that shopping trip until next week.
I agree with the author’s premise. There are many situations we cannot change in our life. However, our attitude has a huge impact on our emotions and how we deal with those uncontrollable events.
The book contains numerous examples of people who are satisfied with their life situations, even though they are suffering from grief, life threatening illnesses, and other tragic events. Their stories demonstrated practical applications for each of the lessons taught in this book.
We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change our life by living out the following attitudes: gratitude, confidence, perseverance, open-mindedness, faith, commitment, hope, compassion, determination, humility, joy, trust, and ownership.