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Hold On to Hope: What It Takes to Survive

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I spoke with Diane Sawyer yesterday about her upcoming interview with abduction survivor Jaycee Dugard. If you recall, Jaycee was kidnapped from her school bus stop back in 1991 when she was only 11 years old. She went missing for more than 18 years before investigators were able to positively identify her. Click here to read my interview with Sawyer on Jaycee Dugar’s amazing story of survival.

So much about my short talk with the celebrated ABC News journalist was memorable, but I was particularly struck by her answer to the question, how did Jaycee survive?

“I think we’re going to learn a lot about how she used little stories, words and curiosity to find one thing in every day that would give the day value – no matter what awful things were being done to her.”

Can you imagine? Being held captive by harmful strangers with no idea of when you’d see your family again and yet still holding on to hope? To develop coping skills to encourage yourself that one day you’d see the outside world again? It truly boggles the mind.

There are so many reasons that Jaycee’s return is fascinating and inspiring. Everybody loves a redemption story. You can relate to it. Perhaps not literally, but in your mind, you feel trapped. The circumstances around you drown out your faith. Giving up can be the easy part – certainly if the rescue you’ve waited for is taking years and years too long. But when one soft voice from within says, “Hold on just for one more day,” it cannot be denied. Jaycee seems to know this, and now she’s living proof that you can withstand the worst with hope on your side.

(Editor’s Note: To see the interview with Jaycee Dugar, go to ABC News.

And know that no matter what you’re facing today, hold on to hope. Get a grip on your dream and don’t let go until you see it come true. Jaycee’s story is a shining example of how, as long as there is breath in your lungs, there’s still a chance for your story to change.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sandra

    Wow!! I really needed that, especially today. I am going through something that to me is too much to bear but I realize that I am not the only one. Everyone’s story is different but similar in so many ways. It is so easy to toss in the towel and say I quit but we must have hope and keep walking in faith. Really, what other choice do we have?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment David

    This is a great reminder. I’ve been going through many life changes recently. Some positive and some not so positive. I’ve began to feel down and literally said, “the worst part of all this, the cause of the majority of my anxiety, it’s all because I feel like I’m losing hope.” My life is not bad. In fact, I do feel blessed. If Ms. Dugard kept her faith and perservered through her horrible ordeal, so can everyone else. I’ve been so worried about the future that I’ve forgotten to liive day for day and make the best of what comes your way.

  • http://Apple Hamza Wali

    More Giving, Moving Loving and More Living!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment sandra campbell

    jaycee I find you to be the most beautiul person in the world and what you have had to go through you are a remarkable person I would love to meet you and give you this big big big hug hug hug I wish nothing but the best for you and your family .from a friend that cares. sandy

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carol

    I just hope after this interview she will be left alone as she has been so she and her children will life very quietly as she requested when all of this was broght to light.

  • http://www.parablestoday.blogspot.com chester

    We tell ourselves stories in order to live – Didion

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Karen Carpenter

    I really started to feel down, depressed, angry and doubted my faith about my life but now that I think about Jacyee I feel like if she can make it through what she did then my life is not so bad after all. I think she has to be the strongest person in the world to continue to have hope in all that she endured day to day. My heart goes out to her and she is a true miracle and I feel god has big plans for her.

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