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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #789 - #StronglyResilient

21 Aug, 2017

"We are all so much stronger and so much more resilient than we can imagine."

Monica Lewinsky


"The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived."

Robert Jordan



Can one be strong and resilient at the same exact moment?
Strong in our resilience?
Resilient in our strength?
Strength feels so yang, so mountainous,
powerful and unyielding.
Resilience feels so yin, so river-like,
supple and flexible.
Interconnected, equally necessary,
but both together?

Or is it more like the serenity prayer
(which I always say should be the serenity, strength, and wisdom prayer,
because, really,
what good is just having serenity without the other two?).

Yes, I think that must be it.

So this is my strength, resilience, and wisdom prayer:
that I may continue to find the strength to stand up to what I must
and forge forward where I can,
the resilience to move and bend where I needs must allow and accommodate,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

The wisdom to know the difference.
Isn't it always about the wisdom to know the difference?
The wisdom to break it down, isolate the components, parse out the minutae
and ascertain where and when you can and must do which?
Or even some of both--
contradictory co-existing realities--
but not necessarily in equal measure?

I mean without the wisdom to see, to know,
to accept, to not accept,
to see more, to know more,
where is one?

Lost. Completely lost.

And when we are, perhaps
it is not a failure of strength or resilience
but of imagination.


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