Archive for September, 2012
“Act with a win-win attitude. Use your creativity and sensitivity to blend all the diverse parts into a unified whole.” The Original Angel Cards Book, Tyler & Drake.
When recently I came upon this quote, I felt fragile and empowered at the same time.
“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet, I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl 1947
I love the word Autumn. All the seasons have their unique qualities and special flavors. I want to say that Autumn is my favorite, however I have come to realize that my ‘favorite’ seems to be the current season. Having said that, the special qualities of Autumn or Fall that I relish, are the rhythms of harvest, the colors, the crisp cold morning air, the brilliant early morning sky, and gathering around the bounty to celebrate and give thanks.
Granted there are some things I don’t particularly enjoy. Beginning the descent toward the darkest part of the year (marked by the Autumnal Equinox on September 22); the bumper crop of falling leaves, all the necessary preparations for winter and the return of bitter cold.. However, I strive to stay with the season, looking forward to Indian Summer and to celebrating the harvest with friends and family.
As the Equinox approaches I invite you to enjoy the depth and breadth of this beautiful Autumn.
Resilience is the capacity to adapt easily to change; to recover from adversity. I am not so sure about the ‘easily’ part, but I am confident in the process. My personal experience and the experiences of countless others who have adapted to change, often radical, in a positive way is substantive and inspiring.
As we enter third-stage-labor in the birthing of a new age, change is most often abrupt, abrasive and dis-heartening. Added to the normal constant, adapting can become overwhelming. Finding strength in body, mind and spirit is essential for experiencing resilience.
To those of you whose stories I know and whose struggle I witness, I salute your resilience. Your ability to keep moving forward, to smile in the face adversity, to weep when sadness intrudes too deeply, to find beauty and humor in the daily conundrum. You inspire me! I thank you!