Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Seven Commandments for Survivors

Shalom ya'll. Through The Awareness Center I learened of the seven commandments for survivors listed below. Thanks to Ms. Miller for sharing them on the web.

Seven Commandments for Survivors - By Dee Ann Miller, RN, BS

1. Thou shalt not blame thyself when others do not get it. They suffer from
short-sightedness and blind spots. You are not responsible for changing
that--they are.

2. Thou shalt not set a time-table for your healing or for the healing of
the larger community. While time alone cannot heal, healing takes time.

3. Thou shalt not accept, without question, anyone else's prescription for
your healing. You alone can judge when and how to proceed, when to take a
rest, and when to celebrate.

4. Thou shalt not fail to celebrate small successes. you may be the only
one who recognizes them and the only one who can reward yourself for them.

5. Thou shalt not isolate thyself, no matter how strong the temptation
seems or how overwhelming the struggle. Taking time to be alone may help, but
staying in isolation stifles creativity and leads to "over-awfulizing."

6. Thou shalt surround thyself with beauty . . . beautiful people, nature,
beautiful music, and enriching experiences . . . reminding yourself that all
of these good things produce strength and growth.

7. Thou shalt stand tall, even when feeling low, showing to the world what
you are learning about yourself as you overcome.

Stand tall, celebrate yourself, believe in yourself!!!

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