A survivor is a triumphant person who lives with, after, or in spite of a diagnosis or traumatic event. Survivors refuse to assume the identity of their adversity. They are not imprisoned by the constructs of a label. Instead, survivors use their brush with mortality as a catalyst for creating a better self. We transform our experience in order to further evolve spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Our reality challenges us to go deeper.
– Kris Carr, Crazy Sexy Cancer Survivor
What have you survived? What does the word mean to you? What about trying to survive profound loss?
I’ve gone through a lot, as we all have. All of it attacks the heart. I even survived listening to my mom’s heart stop beating.
A man’s dying is more his survivor’s affair than his own. – Thomas Mann
Write for 15 minutes about the questions posed and anything else that comes to mind around the concept of SURVIVOR.
Now find a nice font (look at dafont.com for ideas) and write out (or print out and glue) SURVIVOR in large letters.
Now decorate the page, stream of consciousness style. Just let it happen. Maybe pull out key words from your journal writing. Just doodle.
To move through the fear, I had to change my focus and turn to the one thing that had always saved me in hard times: creativity.
– Kris Carr
Daily Journal Workshop:
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