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"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." -The Little Engine That Could

“Perhaps every ‘victim’ is really a survivor who does not know it yet.”

— Rachel Naomi Remen

I will leave this a short post. Find a survivor in your life and tell them how much they mean to you. Inspiration can be found in the strangest places. When it comes to people, however, most walk along side of us and we never realize how much they mean until it’s too late. To every survivor and victim alike, I look up to you. You inspire me. Thank you.

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“Living things have been doing just that for a long, long time. Through every kind of disaster and setback and catastrophe. We are survivors.”

— Robert Fulghum

Just because things may look bleak doesn’t mean you can’t survive this. Even the trees most devoid of leaves in the Winter can blossom and flourish in the Spring. Realize your seasons and wait for things to warm up.


“You’re a survivor. You’re going to handle whatever comes along. You’re going to find strength you didn’t know you had and grace to deal with whatever you need to.”

Donna Fargo, I Prayed for You Today

Ray, being the wonderful person that he is, gifted this post to me. When I saw this post, I was incredibly moved by the simplicity of this quote. Still, it conveyed what we need to hear exactly when we (I) needed to hear it.

At my school, my co-workers and I have adopted a philosophy when it comes to the difficult stuff– “Everything will work out because it has to.” You have everything you need inside of you to make your life a good one. If it needs to happen, then it will. If you need to make it happen or simply make it through, you will. You can survive anything.

Well, why does it have to? You have to know that inside you, this unlived potential is thriving off of every mistake, every misstep, every wrong turn. Your life’s adventure is waiting to reveal itself when you finally realize that you can do this. Your strength gathers fuel from all of which you have overcome. Your grace comes from learning life’s steps one trip and stumble at a time. A professional ANYTHING becomes that way from continued work, continued heartache. They came back from it because they afforded themselves grace. Grace (in its many meanings) walks hand-in-hand with words like hope and survivor. Grace by God or grace by finding your way and navigating your situations with poise and purpose. It’s a beautiful combination.

This quote also reminds you of an important aspect that many of us may not realize… “you’re going to find the strength you didn’t know you had…” Unrealized potential. Untapped passion. Unlived LIFE– all bottled up inside a wonderful you. Sometimes it takes someone else to help you see this strength. Other times, we simply get out of the way of our own sunshine and let that light unveil that strength. Whatever it is, realize that you always have some strength stored away, hidden from even yourself until you need it most.

Find yourself in a survivor’s space. Never-going-to-quit attitude. Hope (while sometimes tucked away) that is ever present. Strength by the ton, strategically placed along your journey. And Grace. Grace surrounding you, reminding you not to confuse your path with your destination.

Most days of our lives, it is everything to live to the fullest. Some days, it is everything simply to survive. Realize the difference in these two times and know in your heart that you will have the strength and grace to make that call. That’s what survivors do. That’s what you can do.

Love and Light, Carly

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“Survivors can’t always choose their methods.”

“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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