I will learn to love myself again.
I will take the good with the bad.
I will think positively, keeping an open mind.
I won't be afraid to use my voice to be heard.
I will not take the blame for things that I had no control over and were not my fault.
I will stand up for the truth, even if I must stand alone.
With everything I have left in my life, I will make the most of it.
I will allow myself to heal in my own time, taking the healing process one step at a time, one day at a time.
I will not give up but keep fighting to get where I want to be in life.
I will find pleasure in the small things in my life.
To understand my fellow survivors, I will try to put myself in their shoes.
I will lend a hand and be a light to my fellow survivors.
To myself I will always remain true, following my heart.
I will learn to trust again and not push others away who want to help me.
I will believe in myself and always chase my dreams.
I will set goals for myself that I know I can achieve.
I won't back down under pressure and will not be silenced by ignorance and hate.
Every opportunity I get, I will use my past experiences to reach out to others.
I will learn to deal with my anger in a healthy way rather then in a way that will only bring harm to myself.
I will not lock away my emotions and feelings but will allow myself to cry and lose control of my emotions for I am human like everyone else.
I will encourage my fellow survivors, never putting them down or judging them for how they believe or what they go through and what they do to heal.
I will not act better then any of my fellow survivors for I know we are all in this together because of what we have endured and suffered.
I will be empathetic and understanding to the needs of other survivors, offering hope to them and being there for them through the hard times.
I will never back down in what I believe, even if others choose to follow the crowd.
I will not be so hard on myself for the mistakes of the past but learn from them and apply the lessons learned to my future.
Even when times get rough, I will keep going and never give up.
I will trust again, discerning who I can allow close to me and past those walls I set up around my heart.
I will take back control of my own life and not allow my abusers to have any control over any part of my life anymore.
I will break the chains of my past and learn to gradually let go and move on.
I will use the inner strength deep inside me to survive.
Even during life's storms, I will look for the good and weather the storm, knowing that my rainbow will come out and the sun will shine again.
One by one I will face my problems, taking them on instead of running away from them.
I will accept me, all of me, for who I am.
I will accept others for who they are and not be afraid to accept that which is different.
I will keep surviving, living, fighting as a warrior on the battlefield of life and refuse to give in to defeat.
Most importantly, I will know in my heart that my life is worth living and I have a purpose in my life, using any talents I have to make a difference in the lives of others.
'Survivor's Pledge' Copyright © 2008 Jenna Kandyce Linch