Survival is a choice.
Survival is one of the most demanding and challenging issues that we face as humans!
If you choose to survive, you must fight hard. If you choose not to survive, you die.
There are many ways that we can be challenged by survival. Birth, death, job loss, health problems, relationship ups and downs, poverty and financial struggles, natural disasters, addictions, and even our own desires to be strong are just some of the things that can all challenge us to the bone.
Survival situations come in little packages or in enormous boxes. They appear when we least expect it, never letting us prepare for the battle. They hide around corners, waiting to pounce on us. They are constantly testing our inner powers and strengths.
Many times, survival will change who you are. How you deal with your challenges and how drastic the challenges are will determine how much of yourself you manage to keep safe.
Often times, we hear “Only the strong survive” and “What does not kill us will only make us stronger”. These are very good survival attitudes.
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.
There are innumerable ways to be strong. We each have our own challenges and tools we use to show strength in dealing with them. Some of them are:
- to be able to stand your ground and hold onto your inner beliefs, which is 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 that have been haunting you from your past out of your closet.
- 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 the misuse of drugs and 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 in 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 embrace growing old and never regretting it.
- to study hard and gain all the knowledge the world has to offer you.
- to not allow the material world to confuse you about 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.
In upcoming articles, we will examine some survival scenereos, emergency preparedness, and other aspects of survival.
Until next time,
Live long and prosper!
“We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.” ~William Glasser