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With cancer month upon us, we thought we would ask the question – are you a survivor?

Surviving, to you, could mean that you managed to get through the day without a cigarette.  For some, it may mean living on a deserted island, with nothing but your trusty Leatherman and the shirt on your back. For others, the fact that their tests came up negative, is a sure sign that they have survived.  In the business world, surviving can be paying your accounts, and seeing that you have enough to eat for the rest of the month.

It is a tough world out there, and no matter what world you live in, or what struggles you are faced with, surviving is a unique and subjective experience.

Many will ask whether surviving can be rated according to the level of injury, and is surviving really all about sustaining an injury?  Should we be looking at life as a series of events that we have to get through, that we have to survive?  Has it really come down to that we are not really enjoying life, but struggling through it?

Some feel that they had no control over the circumstances that assailed them, others realise they could have avoided it by making different choices.  No matter really, it all comes down to whether you can survive or not.

And, the short and long of it is, in my humble opinion, is that we all are survivors.  For the few out there that just decide to give up on whatever they feel they cannot continue with, they too were survivors up to that point.

From the moment we are pushed into the stark and glaring light of this world, to the moment that we close our eyes, and take our last breath, we are fighting to survive.

In short, if you follow a few simple rules, you will find surviving, if that is what you want to name it, much easier.

Balance it

We are told to try to live a balanced life, one that creates harmony between work and personal.  Easier said than done, but not impossible.  I call it the ginger moment.  Ginger, when eaten with sushi, is the pallet cleanser, so be sure to find your personal form of ginger, to bridge that gap between work and pleasure, a reboot if you will.

Don’t burn bridges

You never know when you may need that person – an old adage, but oh, so true.  Treat everyone as you would like to be treated. Simple!

Be humble

There is no harm in being confident in who you are and what you do, but arrogance is appalling.  Maintain a humble approach to life and those around you.  It will be much appreciated, promise!

Listen more, and speak less

Yes, we have two ears and mouth, and justly so.  Use them in that capacity, always.

Don’t gossip

To avoid rumours starting, which generally are never accurate, just don’t gossip.  Keep your thoughts to yourself, or if you really must say it out loud, find someone who you know will never repeat it.

Be kind

Such a simple activity, but many struggle to be kind.  As children, we are told often to be nice, play nice, and treat others well.  This instruction should be drilled into us adults as well, on a daily basis.  Just be kind, and the world will be kind to you.  True story!

Work hard

There is nothing that brings about success and results like hard work.  How you go about this hard work is up to you, but it is a requirement.  That guy on the yacht didn’t get there, most times, by sitting on his butt and doing nothing.  That lady that has retired to Tuscany and now lives off the land, didn’t rub a magic lamp and wish for it.

Hard work, people!  Never fails!

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