While reading Man’s Search for Meaning, I came across a phrase the perfectly sums up PTSD, and the struggle many vets face on a daily basis.

Et lux in tenebris lucet – and the light shineth in the darkness.”

Many vets daily are struggling; here are some success secrets to help them overcome.   Listen and learn about the internal battles those with suicide on their mind face.

Soldiers suffering from suicide need to transcend the internal battles they struggle with and be uplifted above the situations they feel overwhelmed by. In the case of soldiers battling often daily for their lives, the intensity of emotions is significantly increased and therefore demands extra attention.

Your past does not determine your future.

No matter how bleak or miserable your past may have been, you owe it to yourself not to let it define your present and future. Your best days and most blessed days are ahead of you!

What a tragedy it would have been for President Abraham Lincoln to have quit his pursuit of the presidency after he lost 7 political elections and thought himself to be an absolute embarrassment.

How sad it would have been for the authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul to have believed the rejection letters from 61 publishers who turned their book down before they decided to self-publish and not listen to their critics.

Sylvester Stallone may not be a household name today had he listened to his critics and naysayers who refused to believe in his original movie and screenplay “Rocky”. Nevertheless, against all hope, he continued to believe and persevered despite the odds.

Stories such as this are innumerable and countless. Therefore be encouraged and never let your past define your future.

You don’t have to figure everything out.

Life isn’t always easily understood. Curve balls come to us all, as sudden circumstances surprise and blindside us. Nevertheless, as you stay the course and go forward despite your feelings and initial assessment of the situation, all will be well concerning you.

Trust your heart more than your head.

Listen to your heart when your head gets overly analytical and tries to discourage you. Regain your childlike heart and begin to believe again.

Your heart deep within will never mislead you. Yes, feelings of discouragement may come, but the spirit and heart within you are full of resurrection power to arise over every circumstance. Reconnect with your heart within and arise with a new spirit to win.

Run to the battle rather than from the battle.

Life is full of battles and challenges. If it doesn’t kill you, it just makes you stronger. Many are they who quit along the way and succumb to adverse pressure. Yet adversity is your best university. Therefore don’t allow adversity to crush you, but rather make you.

The crucible of life is where diamonds are formed within the fiery pressures of life. Know you are a diamond in the making if you are undergoing and experiencing any kind of pressure.

Let your mess become a message to somebody hurting more than yourself.

Encourage others less fortunate than you. If you have a roof over your head, food in your refrigerator, and transportation (even if just a bus) to get from point A to B, then you aren’t as bad off as you may think. Consider many suffering without these essential elements of survival in the third world. Consider the many physically impaired individuals without legs and arms in wheelchairs.

Find something to be thankful for.

Be thankful for the air you breathe, the water you drink, the roof over your head, the wonderful people in your life, the family and friends you possess, and the opportunities in front of you.

Forgive those who have wronged you and live free from bitterness.

Rather than growing bitter, become better. Learn from your life experience, mistakes, setbacks, and hardships. Be a warrior and a lover, who understands life isn’t always perfect. Be bold and courageous, choosing life over death.

Your life is always going to be celebrated and cherished by someone. Therefore guard your life and resist the temptation of quitting prematurely before you create your lifelong legacy.

Future generations are eager to see what you will do and say with your life. Don’t disappoint them.

…………What will you be remembered for?