Reclaiming Resilience through Gratitude

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Perhaps if we recognize that which we are thankful for, we will realize our resilient nature ~ 

and through our gratitude for being alive, we will stand secure,

~dedicated to what is just, equitable and blessed for ALL living things.

The choice is always ours: to claim resilience and faith, or to lapse into fear and uncertainty.

May this Thanksgiving Day be hopeful. May we all find compassion for each other.

“We MUST be the change we wish to see in the world.”

GANDHI

Compassion ~ or Conflict ~ Our Choice

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WHAT UNITES US AS HUMAN BEINGS IS THE ASPIRATION TO MAKE THE WORLD BETTER, MORE COMPASSIONATE, WITH LESS CONFLICT, LESS HATE AND HARDSHIP, AND WITH MORE TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING. 

~ ELIE WIESEL (1928-2016)

 

aspiration today: to let go of fear and conflict, to embrace hope and compassion, to see the common unifying principles between all people ~ and to completely live a life based on such a path…..It is all I really have to give and to receive within this life, with gratitude.

In the woods, we return to reason and faith. ~ R.W. Emerson

today: I will walk there, where faith is found and reason is regained, praying for peace and wise leadership within the world.

 

RISK

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A journey of resilience involves taking risks to preserve a life of respect, trust, compassion and intelligent community.  

Many times, for days, I have tried to write this ~ one last call concerning leadership. I have started paragraphs and pages – crossed out and thrown out – started over again & again – attempting to  write my insistent truth without insulting or hurting. This blog has for years been titled Journey of Resilience, discovering and defining a positive path….yet I keep arriving at one simple thought; the only possible last piece of a long intense conversation. I ask you to share this as part of your personal conversations during the next few weeks. ~

PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR D. TRUMP. ~IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE for me TO RESPECT OR TRUST ANYONE WHO DOES. IF THIS IS YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU ARE CLOSE TO, please don’t tell me. Please CONTINUE TO SEARCH YOUR HEART & MIND FOR WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL.

Vote for anyone else ~ or no one. It is beyond comprehension among intelligent, compassionate human beings and hundreds of respected global leaders that an individual, such as Trump, -a vulgar, angry, intolerant, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, racist, anti-philanthropist – could be rewarded with the most powerful and honored office in the world! This individual could be the leader of our country, of the free world, and the representative of all Americans?

IF TRUMP IS ELECTED. WE WILL ALL BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE BURDEN OF GUILT, FOR NOT HAVING DONE ENOUGH TO STOP HIM.

“It takes a village” to tear down walls and build bridges. We have inherited a country based on the highest standards of living in the world ~ compassion, peace, equality, hope.  WE RISK losing those standards….if we do not RISK challenging those who would destroy them.

“When the diagnosis is correct, the healing begins.” ~ Carl Jung

 

Lost and Found

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Look at the ending of this day ~ perhaps a day of amazement, or one of struggle. Look how quickly the light changes. While much is lost ~ youth, trust, love, peace, ~ so much more is found, over & over, in perpetual resilience. How is it that we begin again & again with a renewed hope, a found optimism, a release of fear and loss? What gifts! Embrace the lost; open to the found. Look now at this moving air and light, as the earth turns over to a new night.

 

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The season of transition is here ~ between people, lands, sun and sea ~ somehow, we let go of angry rhetoric, a sense of loss & being lost, knowing words can never harm unless we give them power ~ Somehow, we are given the strength to rise, like a new day, in the resilient crazy optimism of innocence. Or is it the mature intelligence of experience? No matter who wins and who loses ~ or what is lost and what may be found~ OH! How we are gifted/blessed/empowered and absolutely called to change this beautiful world only for the better! 

Compassion, empathy, tolerance, intelligent conversation, mindfulness, listening…and silently absorbing the given light. Being glad, grateful, gracious! We ARE all one….and “STRONGER TOGETHER.” Continue the conversations. Walk through those open doors. Reject anger. Offer resilience. ~

(you will not believe this, but a white dove just flew very close to my face at my window as I was writing……then perched on a branch & stopped to look straight at me. Amazing grace)

 

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(photos of Pacific Ocean,Oregon coast, August 31, 2016 sunset)

 

 

“Stronger Together” ~ We Are the World

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WE are the World!  WE are the children.

We are the ones who’ll make a brighter day,

So let’s start giving.

(Jackson/Richie)

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new life, 2012

Now it begins, Now we start.

One hand, One heart.

(Sondheim/Bernstein)

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Peace Corps 2011

“Stronger Together” ~ a diversified world community.

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WE must be the Change we wish to see in the World!!!

(Gandhi)

Elusive Peace ~ 1776-2016

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1776 ~ 2016 ~ 240 years of elusive peace in this very young country.

Constant violence, anger, hate, fear and war pervade our avowed journey toward peace and tolerance. Celebrations abound,even as those freedoms – which many have fought for and believed in- remain unattainable for most.

A resilient journey begins with an open heart, a longing for peace. The path is laid by each individual gift of peace,no matter how insignificant. Oh please, can we all really be instruments of peace, never backing down in the face of  violent, angry attitudes?  

Begin again and again ~ Being peace. And then…celebrate! 

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Resilience: Leadership #4

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“Leaders will have to give clear and decisive leadership towards a world of TOLERANCE and RESPECT for difference ~ and an uncompromising commitment to PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS of conflicts and disputes.”………..”Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

~NELSON MANDELA~

The leaders are calling (shouting) for unity ~ in this grand passionate land of diversity and individual freedom. Today they are calling for tolerance and inclusivity. Are we capable? Can we ALL be leaders, by our vote? By our faith in the beauty and intelligence of this country and its historic place in the world, in the grand scheme of things?

Unity of leadership, of the sacred ideals of democracy, of standing for what is intelligent, good and generous….unity IN diversity, not in spite of it.

Conversations abound, discourse has never been so broadly embraced ~ in homes and schools, in stores and libraries, on the street and in the neighborhood ~ with strangers on the beach or on a trail, ~ Everyone is moving past the fear and into a resilience only found in strong, bold, intelligent communities….where education is a right AND a responsibility,… as we make our momentous decisions, choose leaders and platforms, philosophy and practicality, peace or volatility. Again and again, thankfully, we are resilient!

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