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“Survivors can’t always choose their methods.”

on March 22, 2012

“Survivors can’t always choose their methods.”—Patricia Briggs

It may sound silly, and while I know there are some out there who use the word “survivor” sparingly, you need to consider yourself a survivor. Stop and realize how much you have been through, big and small. Take heart in the fact that you are treading on hallowed ground. Those who have come before you and those who will come after you know what is at stake. You have made it this far because you have not chosen to give up. Your fight, whether it is a mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual one, is certainly one worth fighting. You are dedicating yourself to it, to your life, to this purpose. It only makes sense that you recognize all the fight you have within yourself. You must never stop fighting.

Get out a piece of paper. Write down what you are fighting for; all that you are fighting for. Do not stop to think if it “matters” what is on the list, whether certain items should be included or not. If you know in your heart that your fight makes a difference, write it down. If you know one person will be helped from your battle, write down their name. Take that paper and carry it with you. Put it somewhere that you know you will find it. Perhaps it might mean more even to hide the piece of paper if it’s a battle you’re not comfortable sharing with others. The moment you need strength, find it. Look at those names, those meaningful notes of what is at stake. Most importantly, don’t forget the person who is holding it. You are why this fight matters. You have a candle flickering inside your soul, lighting the path towards what you want most.

Always remember that while you may not be able to choose how you want to go about surviving, you will survive. You will make it out of this tough spot. You may have to get dirty, scrape your knees, pick yourself up and dust yourself off only to find yourself on your knees praying to get through this. YOU are a survivor and while this may not seem like the way you can survive, it was the way you were meant to. Each day you choose to get up and continue fighting is another day that someone draws their inspiration from you. Be the light for someone else’s path. Remind them that, while this may not be the path they would have chosen, it is one that they will pave for others. So what are you waiting for, survivor? Show the world your spark. Don’t go down without a fight.

Love and Light– Carly


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