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Manifesto of a Breakaway Victim

Posted by Peter Guess on February 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM


From time-to time we all may feel like victims in a situation. This writing emerges from my own current victim-thinking and my choice to confront it.


I'm not a victim because I have made choices that brought me here.


A victim feels trapped with no way out, but I choose a new attitude of faith that trusts there is a path around the bend.


I'm not a victim because God has plans for me, of good and not destruction - of hope and a future (Jer. 29.11).


I may feel lost, but I'm a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, I have a right to be here - to fulfil my destiny (Desiderata).


I'm not a victim because there is always a bigger picture, a Greater Scheme God has for me – even in the seemingly, insignificant events in my life – or maybe just one friend who believes in me.


If I'm in a prison, standing by the graveside, hurting from the loss of connections to loved ones, I'm still alive and my life can carry on and still, in hope, find and give love.


I'm not a victim and so I take small steps forward and honour myself for every little victory.


I'm a believer. I believe there is something I cannot yet see and understand in this dark place. And I believe light conquerors darkness.


I'm not a victim. Yes, I'm asking "why" far too much - but I know there is meaning in the deepest of suffering and pain and confusion.


I ‘m a seeker. I will seek the meaning and truth in the situation I'm in; from the choices and events that brought me here; and from the possible future opportunities.


I'm not a victim. I take responsibility for the choices I made but not for the choices and actions of others. Where other choices have caused me pain and suffering, I will learn to forgive.


Because things don't make sense to me, doesn't mean there is no Wisdom holding these things together. I’m not a victim of the world I see (Course in Miracles). I seldom see things as they are. My assumptions and beliefs cloud my view.


And finally... When I'm a victim I argue against reality which causes more suffering, so I choose to learn to face and accept reality, asking for courage to change what I can.

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Reply Janice Guidice
9:02 PM on February 18, 2014 
Great stuff !! How do I become a member?
Reply karin
2:19 PM on February 22, 2013 
What an EXCELLENT article! Are you going to write a follow up?