Wild horses: Acceptance, adaption and creativity

Formula for life:
“Her explanation was ‘mind over matter.’ She believes that driven by the determination to survive, she practised acceptance of her situation and learned to adapt.”

helenjnoble

DSC_7894          Recently I had the honour of listening to, and meeting with, a nonagenarian holocaust survivor. Without doubt, she is one of the strongest people I have encountered. Accomplished, confident and forthright, she explained how it was love, hope and sheer determination that underpinned her survival, despite the deaths of all members of her family, her first love and the the many, many other people accompanying her through the concentration camps of eastern Europe.

So what was it within her biological/psychological make-up that ensured her survival in a situation where so many others perished? She, too was exposed to the physical trauma, illness and starvation that are so synonymous with accounts of this historical ‘legacy’. How did she survive? Her explanation was ‘mind over matter.’ She believes that driven by the determination to survive, she practised acceptance of her situation and learned to adapt.

I discerned…

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