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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Alan Johnston Freed: How Did He Survive?

Alan Johnston at his release. Photo Credit

Many of us have been following Alan Johnston's ordeal throughout the months of his kidnapping. Now that he is free, we ask ourselves how he managed to get through this challenge. What were the choices he was able to make - inside of himself - in order to survive?

His interview on the BBC indicated this:

1) he kept hoping that tomorrow would be better
2) he consistently minimized his fears
3) he accentuated any mildly positive element.

Interestingly, this is very similar to what we read in accounts of Viktor Frankl (Man's Search For Meaning), Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn during their own captivity.

We need to learn from this. We can apply this to our own lives.

Read the article about his release.

BBC's Johnston says amazed to free

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