Survival is​ one of​ the​ most demanding and​ challenging issues that we face as​ humans!

Survival challenges us through many different issues such as: child abuse, sexual abuse, birth, death, job loss, health problems, low self-esteem, relationship ups and​ downs, parenting, deceptions, breakdowns, poverty, natural disasters, education, addictions and​ even our own desires to​ be strong.

Survival comes in​ little packages and​ it​ comes in​ enormous boxes. it​ appears when we least expect it, never letting us prepare for​ the​ battle. it​ hides around corners, waiting to​ pounce on us. it​ is​ constantly testing our inner powers and​ strength.

To live is​ to​ survive and​ without survival you have no life. Survival is​ a​ choice. if​ you choose to​ survive, you must fight hard. if​ you choose to​ not survive, you will die. Simple!

Survival will change who you are many times. How you deal with your challenge and​ how drastic the​ challenge is​ will determine how much of​ yourself you manage to​ keep safe.

A couple of​ common phrases that we run into many times in​ our day is, "Only the​ strong survive" and, "What does not kill us will only make us stronger". These are very good survival attitudes to​ practice. We need to​ be strong to​ survive. it​ takes pure GUTS to​ survive and​ move forward in​ any situation. it​ takes having total control of​ your thoughts, which is​ one of​ your best weapons in​ the​ battle of​ survival. it​ demands consistent striving to​ reach your goals, stopping at​ nothing to​ meet your destiny.

I emphasize the​ importance of​ strength, when battling the​ war of​ survival.

To be strong is:

to be able to​ stand your ground and​ hold onto your inner beliefs, which will be your best strategy to​ win the​ game.
to be born into the​ survival game without knowledge or​ understanding of​ the​ rules, and​ still overcome all the​ obstacles.
to be able to​ clean the​ skeletons out of​ your closet that have been haunting you from your past.
to take control of​ your life and​ deal with the​ monsters, whether it​ be through telling a​ story or​ confronting the​ monster face to​ face.
to be able to​ look back at​ the​ reasons for​ your pain and​ suffering and​ wave at​ it​ as​ if​ it​ were just a​ car going by.
to be able to​ smile at​ a​ happy memory of​ a​ loved one that was taken from you without reason.
to be able to​ say NO to​ drugs and​ misuse of​ alcohol.
to be able to​ forgive, forget and​ let the​ waters flow under the​ bridge.
to feel physical pain every minute you are awake, yet be able to​ smile and​ ease that pain with positive thoughts.
to look in​ the​ mirror and​ know you are the​ best, and​ to​ believe who you are.
to let go of​ hate and​ resentment, when your heart has been deceived or​ broken.
to push forward when all the​ negative forces feel like they are pushing you backwards.
to continue tearing down walls of​ negative thinking, and​ replace them with positive openness.
to open your heart to​ another after it​ was forced to​ close.
to keep searching for​ answers to​ a​ better you, even when all you want to​ do is​ quit.
to look to​ tomorrow for​ the​ sunshine, when the​ rain refuses to​ stop.
to give birth to​ a​ child, and​ raise him/her with love and​ respect.
to embrace growing old and​ never regretting it.
to study hard and​ achieve all the​ knowledge that the​ world has to​ offer you.
to not allow the​ material world to​ confuse you as​ to​ what is​ really important in​ life
to be a​ hugger, not a​ judger.
to smile when you want to​ cry.
to Live, Love and​ Laugh.

"We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and​ belonging, power, freedom, and​ fun."

William Glasser

"Love and​ kindness are the​ very basis of​ society. if​ we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the​ survival of​ humanity will be endangered."

Dalai Lama

Dorothy Lafrinere

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