By the Duke of Fremont Street
Are you a victim or a survivor? I believe if you are a true survivor you will outpace and outlive your contemporaries. If you believe you’ve been victimized and play the role of a victim you will most likely fulfill your false expectations of yourself. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Many people wear this “victim badge” as they walk through life dejected, downtrodden and full of dismay. Look around you, these self-proclaimed victims are everywhere. They’re distressed when they arise in the morning and are troubled to be faced with another day: a day full of gnawing fears and disappointments, a day that offers nothing but memories of tragedies, losses and regrets. We, as humans of the human race, will always be challenged with losses, adversities
Years ago, when I was a young man grieving at the funeral of a family member, I asked my grandfather how he dealt with the loss of loved ones in his life — the loss of his wife, his daughter, his parents, his siblings and his close friends. He responded to me that these overwhelming losses would always be losses that would never be forgotten; however, these losses were something he learned to live with. Grandpa told me that these losses were an unavoidable part of living, but rather than being tortured by these tragedies he focused on his fond memories of his loved ones. I’m certain his many loved ones who passed before him remained in Grandpa’s heart to his last breath.
I recall asking Grandma, “Grandma, how are you doing?” She would always respond with the same inevitable answer, “Still wiggling!” Not once did I ever hear a complaint even though she was wracked with the daily pains of severe emphysema, gasping and struggling for her next breath and warding off her horrible coughing spells. She was such a
noble person, always putting others’ needs before hers.
My dear grandparents taught me how to survive life’s tragedies, losses and adversities through example.
I play poker; not very well, but I do play. After over four decades of the game I have become accustomed to losses. If you don’t have losses in the game you haven’t played the game. Even with some substantial losses in the game I’ve still managed to survive over the years. I look at the “Game of Life” with the same philosophy. Although I’ve sustained some overwhelming losses in my past, through perseverance and faith in God I’ve always remained positive, focused and successful and portray myself as the survivor, not the victim. Because of this I have not been overwhelmed with the many tragedies and adversities that life throws at me.
Stay happy and well!
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