Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Survivors Are Beautiful

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
- Elizabeth Kubler Ross


Surviviors are the most beautiful, courageous, people of strength - male and female - children and adults - that I have ever met. They have all of the things mentioned by Elizabeth Kubler Ross. They often emerge out of their woundedness to heal and live full lives. Out of their desire to heal, they make the world a better place for everyone.

If you are a survivor reading this, give yourself credit for the strength that you have and for the struggles that you have overcome. Believe me when I say that you are beautiful.
Patricia

20 comments:

Jane Rowan said...

That's such a beautiful affirmation, Patricia! Just what I needed this morning. We are strong, we are tender, we are beautiful!

Alene said...

Patricia, thank you for sharing this quote and your take on it. This is something that survivors of all types of abuse need to ehar because recovering self-esteem is such a key to healing.

Patricia Singleton said...

Jane, I wrote the quote down sometime ago in one of my notebooks. I ran across it a few days ago and really thought about what it said. It is very appropriate to survivors and the sad thing is that most of us don't often see ourselves as beautiful but we are. Inside beauty - beauty of character is much more important to me. Glad you liked it.

Patricia Singleton said...

Alene, thank you for your sharing of your comment. Knowing that we have great worth is something that I feel is the foundation of all healing and, as you said, that is true for survivors of all kinds of abuse.

Darlene Ouimet said...

Patricia!
This is beautiful! Just what I needed to read today too.
Hugs, Darlene

Patricia Singleton said...

Darlene, Good. I knew you have been sick recently. Hope you are feeling better. Have a glorious day.

Cairn Grow said...

Thank you a million times for helping to put smiles on faces of the abused. We are thrivers, not just survivors! <3 Cairn

Patricia Singleton said...

Cairn, you are very welcome and so right. Many of us are moving on from being just survivors to the glorious stage of thrivers. Welcome to my blog. I will be back to visit yours as well.

PeeOnYourShoe (Leora) said...

Thank so much. It might be Serendipity, dunno, but this is PRECISELY what I needed to read, at this time! Great support!! Thanks again :)

Patricia Singleton said...

Leora, you are so very welcome. Glad I could be of service and that my words made a difference for you.

Shattered said...

You have no idea how much I needed to read this today. I'm glad to have stumbled upon your blog today. I'll be reading along now...

Patricia Singleton said...

Shattered, thank you. So many people have said the same thing to me. I am glad that I was guided to write and post this article now at this very time when apparently it was so needed by all of us.

StrifeSurvivor said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful, encouraging words.

Patricia Singleton said...

Strife Survivor, you are very welcome.

Daniel D. Lombardi said...

Hi Patricia,

That was really beautiful and powerful. Maybe it is only me, but I think that most of the times we forget to give some positive feedback to ourselves, to tap ourselves on the back and say hey you are awesome. I started, one year ago, to tell to myself how good I am, and how beautiful I am at least once a day. This small thing change the way I see myself and way others see me. It helped me to heal myself and to become a better person, first and foremost in my own eyes.

Wish you all a great weekend,
Daniel

Patricia Singleton said...

Daniel, thank you and I agree with your assessment. We do forget to give ourselves credit for what we have accomplished.

Some of the smallest changes that I have made in my behavior and in the way that I see mayself have had huge and positive consequences on how I give value to myself and my life.

You have a glorious weekend yourself. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.

Pastor Sharon said...

This is a lovely post to stumble upon!

Thank you for sharing! Thank you for acknowledging the beauty that comes from the scars.

Patricia Singleton said...

Pastor Sharon, thank you and you are very welcome. Scars are just signs of healing.

From Tracie said...

This is beautiful....and exactly what I needed to read today.

Patricia Singleton said...

Tracie, thank you. I am glad that you found my blog post useful to you. Have a glorious weekend. This blog post have been visiting more than any other post that I have written. Now, weeks later, people are still visiting at the count of 20-25 people a day.