S for Survivor


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Have you been through some sort of challenge lately? Dropped rock-bottom but crawled yourself out of the hole? Cried yourself to exhaustion and thought your life was over but put yourself together and moved on? Congratulations, you’re a survivor!

Life has been accused of being a lot of unpleasant things: hard, unfair, unpredictable among other adjectives. But thank God that it’s also full of second chances! This means when we have a very good chance of beating the odds and coming out as winners at the end of the day.

Everyone has a story; some more dramatic and challenging than others but the bottom line is, everyone has gone through some stuff, had some issues and faced some obstacles. The good thing is, we are a working progress; our life stories are still being written as long as we live. So how our story ends depends on us to a large extent; we may not be able to edit our past but at least we can learn from past mistakes and make decisions for the future.

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They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This is true if one is able to pick up the pieces and forge ahead. But some others are left broken, refusing to heal. It is sad that some people sentence themselves to a life of ‘I should have’ and ‘had I known’ regrets; neglecting the future ahead of them. I don’t know if this would help someone feel better but you’re not the first person to experience whatever you’re facing at the moment. Many people have and many others will. But some out of the lot managed to survive and use their story to inspire others. You can choose to join that group or the other party who didn’t see the need to rise out of the ashes.

Trailing in your studies? Laid off from work? Application (job, school, visa etc.) rejected? Cheated on by partner? Heart broken by lover? Betrayed by friend? Duped by business partner? Passing of a loved one? Declared a terminal patient? Financial drought? The list is endless but remember God is faithful. If only we would trust Him to carry us through and we do our part by a conscious determination to survive the situation…life would be ours to conquer.

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No matter how old you are, you have jumped some hurdles and the fact that your spirit is not broken in despair but growing stronger every day shows that you’re a survivor. Well done so far. Don’t give up. Fight the good fight, run the race to the finish line and await your crown. Survive. Conquer. Excel.

Any survivors online?

I’ll leave you with this by Destiny’s Child:

I’m a survivor;
I’m not gongive up;
I’m not gonstop
I’m gonwork harder
I’m a survivor
I’m gonna make it
I will survive
Keep on survivin’!

© Josephine Amoako 2016

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14 Comments Add yours

    1. joseyphina says:

      I’m glad you do, Patty! ☺

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  1. claowue says:

    Survivor. For a long time I had a problem when I heard this word for situations like you mentioned. The first time I heard it in a police story I didn’t understand why they didn’t appreciate that this victim of crime had fought herself back into life?! Why isn’t this being appreciated and he/she degraded to a simple ‘survivor’?

    Several situations like this late I realized that the problem was the translation, as the German word “Überlebender” hasn’t the same meaning as the English word. “Überlebender” (survivor) means that this person (the body) survived a tragedy by hazard, by a lucky decision, by chance, … Still breathing, can be brought to hospital, … Nothing more.

    But one time I noticed that there’s hidden another meaning in the English word ‘survivor’. In German we would say the person is “ein Kämpfer” (a fighter) as the person fights or had fought her/himself back into life…

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I don’t think ‘survivor’ degrades the efforts one makes to stay alive. Maybe it’s all about translation. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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      1. claowue says:

        Yes, it’s about translation. – I am glad I could learn this different meaning to the word survivor.

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      2. joseyphina says:

        Yeah, same here

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  2. Mary Lou says:

    First post I’ve read this morning, Joseyphina! Right on! Another survivor song by Gloria Gaynor ~ I will Survive ~ empowered me through rough times. I like to think of the next phase as Thriver ~ I will Thrive! 🙂
    https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/2016/04/22/me-in-the-middle-of-atozchallenge-letter-s/

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yeah, I love that song too!

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  3. juliemccullough says:

    Thanks for the great post! I think everyone is a survivor on their journey. And you are right that some are more dramatic than others but it is all about that individuals journey and how they handle what has been put in front of them. Thanks again for sharing. 🙂

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    1. joseyphina says:

      And thank you for reading. ☺

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  4. Loved this , our journey through life n our efforts to forge ahead ..beautifully explored. Agonies, failures , problems …do remain as the other side of coin in our life, how we take life n surge ahead , that matters. Great read.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for passing by ☺

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  5. Karuna says:

    What you say is so true.

    I just read this on rarasaur.com. It fits with your post too: “Everything’s already okay, even if you’re just limping forward.”

    Karuna

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Very true 👍

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