J. CHARLES PLUMB
A Cup Of Chicken Soup for the
'Overcoming Obstacles - The Qualities of Survival'
By Charlie Plumb
Several years ago I found myself a long way form home in a small
prison cell. As a Prisoner of War, I was tortured, humiliated, starved and left
to languish in squalor for six years.
It's important that you get a vivid mental picture of this scene. Try your best
to smell the stench in the bucket I called my toilet and taste the salt in the
corners of my mouth from my sweat, my tears and my blood. Feel the baking
tropical heat in a tin roofed prison cell - not that you'll ever be a P.O.W.
But, if I am effective in these few moments we spend together, you'll see that
the same kind of challenges you face as a teenager, a student, a leader, or a
parent, are the same basic challenges I faced in a prison cell: feelings of
fear, loneliness, failure and a breakdown of communication. More importantly,
your response to those challenges will be the same response I had to have in the
prison camp just to survive.
What qualities do you have within you that would allow you to survive in a
prison camp? Please pause here, think about this question, and write in the
margin of this page at least five different qualities necessary for survival.
(If you've written faith, commitment or dedication, you've already broken the
As I worked my way through the first several months and then years of
imprisonment, I found I already had a foundation of survival tools learned in
life from my parents, preachers, youth leaders, and teachers. And the
life-saving techniques I used in that prison camp had more to do with my value
system, integrity and religious faith than anything I had learned from a
Sound like your life? I suggest that the adversities you face in your life can
be just as debilitating to you as six years in a communist prison camp could
have been to me.
Now here's the test: the next time you have a huge problem facing you, turn back
to this page and read not my writing but your writing in the margin. You'll find
that the same factors you've written here, which would serve you well in a
prison camp, will serve you even better in the challenge of everyday life.
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