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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.

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