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Embracing Survivor's Remorse: Wednesday Wisdom for Thriving

Survivor's Remorse- a mental condition that occurs when a person believes they have done something wrong by surviving a traumatic or tragic event when others did not.

Often lurking in the shadows of our minds, survivor's remorse can manifest when we are right at the brink of our greatest moments. It can steal precious moments of joy and replace them with a phantom fear that can be devastatingly hard to shake away from.

First and foremost, it's crucial to remind ourselves that survival is not a mistake. If you are here today, you deserve to be. There's no reason to diminish your light or live smaller because you emerged from the shadows of adversity. Always remember, but never regret.

Embracing survivors' remorse involves recognizing the gift of life without guilt, enabling ourselves to thrive, and consistently pursuing growth. Moving forward, let's value our resilience, celebrate our inner strength, and progress towards a deeper self-understanding. 

As we navigate the path to self-discovery and personal growth, here are a couple of thought-provoking questions to ponder this week:

  1. Consider how you might complete the sentence: "I just need to stop ________ in order to ____________." This question prompts reflection on habits and their impact, paving the way for a deeper understanding of oneself.

  1. Are there specific aspects of your identity that you feel you are suppressing because of survivor's remorse? This question encourages you to reflect on the connection between identity and past traumas.

In our life journey, we don't owe anyone for our survival. While it's crucial to honor our past experiences and those less fortunate, it's equally important not to view thriving as a betrayal. Transforming survival into thriving isn't just a right; it's a celebration of resilience. Therefore, let's appreciate the light within us and continue our pursuit of more in 2024.

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