Something the survivors do with their thoughts helps them find
the guts to carry on in spite of overwhelming odds.
tell myself I can handle it," wrote Callahan in his
narrative. "Compared to what others have been through, I'm
fortunate. I tell myself these things over and over, building up
that down after I read it. It struck me as something important.
And I've told myself the same thing when my own goals seemed far
off or when my problems seemed too overwhelming. And every time
I've said it, I have always come back to my senses.
truth is, our circumstances are only bad compared to something
better. But others have been through much worse. I've read
enough history to know you and I are lucky to be where we are,
when we are, no matter how bad it seems to us compared to our
fantasies. It's a sane thought and worth thinking.
here, coming to us from the extreme edge of survival, are words
that can give us strength. Whatever you're going through, tell
yourself you can handle it. Compared to what others have been
through, you're fortunate. Tell this to yourself over and over,
and it will help you get through the rough spots with a little