Even the Abused must maintain hope for the Abuser
THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WISHES TO HAVE ONE MINUTE
I believe in integrity.
I believe that the greatest thing a person who has suffered abuse can do for themselves is never give up. When facing a troubled person in your life – often referred to as ‘playing the intimidation game’ – you question whether or not to react at all. But it does not go away.
The greatest “revenge,” or “pay back” we could ever have would be to live a happy, full, and fruitful life. A life of peace, a life of joy, a life of purpose, a life of contentment, that gives safety and security and nurturing to all those that we come into contact with.
You cannot do that if you see yourself as a victim–always trapped by the past. Those who have wronged you are weak. Some of my own abusers believe they have superior moral beliefs but are actually fooling themselves and need professional treatment.
Our past can either define us, confine us or refine us. Regardless of what they have done to us, they didn’t win, because we are still believing in our purpose and standing tall. We are still breathing and we are still loving.
I believe in myself without arrogance. I believe in integrity.