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#20935 - 05/18/03 04:34 PM Supervivere!
Wuamei Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 2700
Loc: The left turn I should have ta...
The word "survive" comes from the Latin word
"supervivere." It literally means "to live above or beyond." To survive means stayin' alive against all the odds.

The fact that we are survivors is worthy of commendation. We have done what seemed impossible. We have survived what seemed unbearable. We can hold our heads up.

The fact that we are survivors also means that unless we face the horror of the abuse and its resulting lies and strategies for living, our lives will continue to be directed by that which we most fear and hate. Having endured the unendurable, we can once again do what seems impossible. We can face the darkness of the abuse, the despair it has produced, and watch the light slowly dawn in places we never wanted to revisit.

(from "On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse" by Diane Mandt Langberg PhD, Pp 17, 20)


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"I can't stand pain. It hurts me."
--Daffy Duck

#20936 - 05/18/03 04:58 PM Re: Supervivere!
JK Offline
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Registered: 05/13/03
Posts: 26
Loc: New York
Well said Victor ,

Sometimes when I'm feeling down I remind myself that considering all I had to deal with as a child I'm not too bad of a person .

I've never hurt anyone and am generally kind and polite to others . I have good morals and pass them on to my daughter.

I guess I've always sub-consciously did the opposite of the bad things that were done to me , I did'nt want to be like those that hurt and neglected me.

Its funny how that kinda led me in life where I'm always trying to protect the innocent or weakest of our society . And I have absolutely no tolerance for bullies !!

Thanks Victor , you made me feel pretty good about myself this morning .



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