Saturday, September 18, 2010

More on resilience...

Playing with textures from Kim Klassen and  FlyPaper Textures.

Thinking more about yesterday's post, I think that it's resilience that interests me.  As I get older and rack up more confrontations with real life, I am more and more fascinated by how real people struggle to overcome real difficulties, or sometimes how we can learn to make peace with what is.  This morning I discovered a link on Daily Good to an amazing amazing collection of videos having to do with seeing yourself in the the nearly 7 billion others on the planet.  You can find whole thoughtful portraits of people answering several simple questions like "What have you learnt from your parents? What do you want to pass on to your children? What difficult circumstances have you been through? What does love mean to you?"  The answers are so touching, so real.  That's what I love about my life "off the carousel," that when we aren't looking at the glitter and brass rings, we can actually talk with one another, share those difficult times, be there, listen...  I don't know, it just seems like such an honor.  You can see the trailer here, but I got lost on the Daily Good site, looking at peoples responses to a variety of topics.  Beautiful.  Such resilience.   I especially loved Bruno!  "Anything can be done with joy!"  Bless you Bruno.

Resilience From Wisdom Commons:

Resilience is the ability to work with adversity in such a way that one comes through it unharmed or even better for the experience. Resilience means facing life’s difficulties with courage and patience – refusing to give up. It is the quality of character that allows a person or group of people rebound from misfortune, hardships and traumas.

Resilience is rooted in a tenacity of spirit—a determination to embrace all that makes life worth living even in the face of overwhelming odds. When we have a clear sense of identity and purpose, we are more resilient, because we can hold fast to our vision of a better future.

Much of our resilience comes from community—from the relationships that allow us to lean on each other for support when we need it.

You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering. -Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881)

Loss makes artists of us all as we weave new patterns in the fabric of our lives.
-Greta W. Crosby

There is no way to re-enchant our lives in a disenchanted culture except by becoming renegades from that culture and planting the seeds for a new one. -Thomas Moore

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