Traits of a Survivor - Sunday, September 9, 2018
We all have our share of difficulty and tragedy in life. Some of us, in fact, seem to have more than our share. And then there are people who somehow, against all odds, survive multiple seemingly impossible situations.
Challenges happen for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes they are the consequence of our own actions. Other times we are the victims of the poor choices of others. But most of the time, heartaches and adversities are thrust upon us randomly—accidents, illnesses, misfortune. No one is to blame; they just happen.
Regardless of their source, such hardship can either make us bitter or, in some cases, make us better. What makes the difference? Why do some people become angry and resentful after experiencing adversity, while others become more accepting, even forgiving? Of course, we can’t see inside another person’s heart or pass judgment on his or her journey through life. But experts have observed that resilient people, “survivors,” share certain traits: they are optimistic, selfless, and spiritual, and they accept what can’t be changed.
One couple has survived decades of overwhelming challenges. They have joked that if they didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all! But through it all—health problems, heartache, even the loss of several children—they have shown the traits of survivors. They try to look for the positive in every situation. They think about others more than themselves. They turn to God for peace and comfort. And they have learned to serenely accept that there are some things they simply cannot change.
In a sense, each of us is a survivor. We all have these traits inside of us to one degree or another. We may not know when the next challenge will come, but the best way to prepare to survive whatever life brings is to think positive, turn outward in selflessness, deepen our relationship with God, and learn to accept what can’t be changed. In other words, we can do our best to develop the traits of a survivor.
1. See Clare Ansberry, “After Tragedy, How Survivors Cope,” Wall Street Journal, July 30, 2018, wsj.com/articles/after-tragedy-how-survivors-cope-1532962941.
September 9, 2018
Broadcast Number 4,643
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square
Sing Praise to Him
Traditional hymn tune; arr. Mack Wilberg
Softly and Tenderly
Will L. Thompson; arr. Mack Wilberg
Brother James’s Air
James Leith Macbeth Bain; arr. Dale Wood
Let All the Angels of God Worship Him, from Messiah
George Frideric Handel
I Will Follow God’s Plan
Vanja Y. Watkins; arr. Nathan Hofheins
Brazzle Dazzle Day, from Pete’s Dragon
Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn; arr. Ryan Murphy
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Albert L. Peace; arr. Ryan Murphy