Category Archives: Resilience

Forty Days Revisited, Day 35–A Quiet Place

All I want is a quiet place to live Where I can enjoy the fruits of my labor Read the paper And not have to cry out loud ~from “A Quiet Place to Live” by Carole King I admit it: … Continue reading

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Forty Days Revisited, Day 23–Facing the Storm

I’ve spent a lot of time writing about perseverance, about how we face difficult times and find ways of getting through them. I’ve had experience with the storms and have come to understand that I am who I am because … Continue reading

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Forty Days Revisited, Day 14–Restoration

This evening I found myself thinking about a friend of mine with whom I had spoken earlier in the week. She, like me, had gone through a period in which her life was rocked by a series of challenges. While … Continue reading

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Forty Days Revisited, Day 8–Standing in Need of Prayer

“It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standin’ in the need of prayer.” The other day I wrote about suffering, and as I have continued to think about it, a particular vision came to mind. In 2011, I experienced one of … Continue reading

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Another Forty Days, Day 35–Bloodied but Unbowed

It would not be one of my blog series if I didn’t include, in some form, the poem “Invictus,” written in 1875 by William Ernest Henley. Although I had known of the poem for many years (remembered in vague childhood … Continue reading

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Another Forty Days, Day 31–The Essence of Faith

Sometimes I feel a stillness in my center that lets me know that in this moment all is well and that all shall be well. This is the essence of faith, I suppose. No one has to lay hands on … Continue reading

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Another Forty Days, Day 17–Riding the Bull

A few years ago when I was struggling to regain my balance after having suffered a series of significant losses in my life, I came up with what was an appropriate metaphor for what I experienced on a regular basis. You … Continue reading

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