Victim vs. Survivor

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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.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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This is an excellent book that teaches the reader how to live peacefully in a complicated world.  The author starts the book by making three key points.

  1. The need for perfection and the desire for inner tranquility conflict with each other.
  2. Without, patience, life is extremely frustrating.  You are easily annoyed, bothered, and irritated.  Patience adds a dimension of ease and acceptance to your life.  It’s essential for inner peace.
  3. Humility and inner peace go hand in hand.  The less compelled you are to prove yourself to others, the easier it is to feel peaceful inside.

The rest of the book is spent giving detailed information on how to deal the various situations without losing your inner peace.  It’s full of practical advice and I highly recommend it.

 

Beyond the Box by Judith Rich, Ph.D.

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Do you ever feel like your life is stuck in a rut?  If so, this book is for you.  The author provides tips on how to improve your life and thought patterns.  Here are a few examples:

  1. Develop your courage muscles by doing something everyday that scares the heck out of you.
  2. Consider your available options, and choose one that stretches and empowers you.
  3. Take action based on making the choice that empowers and inspires you to move forward.
  4. Mistakes are where learning happens, so don’t be afraid of making them.

I Did It Anyway

My life has been full of interesting adventures, because I jump at opportunities when they are presented.  When I am scared or nervous, I do it anyway.  When I think I can’t do something, I do it anyway.  When I think I will probably fail (which happens sometimes), I do it anyway.

Here are a few examples:

  •  Learned a second language
  • Started my own business
  • Attended a protest
  • Was in a play
  • Rode in an airboat
  • Stated taking karate classes
  • Participated in the Polar Bear Plunge
  • Put a giant snake around my neck
  • Published a book
  • Traveled the world
  • Touched a live shark
  • Visited a snake handling church
  • Got a PhD

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I’m Pro Fun

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun.  And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.  – Joe Namath

At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day.  – Simone Biles

Just keep taking chances and having fun.  – Garth Brooks

Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.  – Randy Pausch

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