“Someone once asked me how I hold my head up so high after all I have been through. I said it’s because no matter what, I am a survivor, not a victim.” ~Patricia Buckley
There’s a lot of talk of survival these days. But many have survived far worse. Some through Providence. Some through raw courage. Many through the intervention of others (and not always humans). Yes, this pandemic will change us, is changing us. All of us. Some for better, some for worse. Those who survive through fear and total isolation, for worse. Those who survive through helping each other, for better. The choice is ours.
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“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.” ~Lori Goodwin
Before you were born,
And were still too tiny for
The human eye to see,
You won the race for life
From among 250 million competitors.
How fast you have forgotten
When your very existence
Is proof of your greatness.
You were born a winner,
Why do you even doubt victory
Against smaller numbers,
And wider margins?
“The power we discover inside ourselves as we survive a life-threatening experience can be utilized equally well outside of crisis, too. I am, in every moment, capable of mustering the strength to survive again—or of tapping that strength in other good, productive, healthy ways.” ~Michele Rosenthal
“Courage is found in unlikely places.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston S. Churchill
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” ~August Wilson