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12 May 2016

Hope Amidst Tragedy

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“I have learned two lessons in my life: first, there are no sufficient literary, psychological, or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.”  Elie Wiesel

 

The above quote showed up on my face book history the other day; something I posted in May 2010 when in the midst of raw, un-tempered, emotional and gut-wrenching grief.

 

Its truth is profound and something that I can only now appreciate, six years later.

 

The message speaks to the importance of the human relationship.   Read more

18 Jan 2015

Strength vs Resiliency

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“You are the strongest woman that I know”

If I had a dollar for every time that someone said this to me I would probably have enough cash to be a “stay at home” mom and thus, be as available to my younger children as I was to the older two.

But life is different now.  I have to work  . . . And it’s okay.

However, there have been numerous times when I have been deeply saddened that I’m not the mom that I used to be — especially here in the suburbs of Dallas where I reside.  I am one of the few working Mom’s in my daughter’s elementary school and the demands of my work schedule, many times prevent me from attending my children’s events.

Lately however, I’ve taken a different prespective and I am working on embracing the life stage that our family is in now.

When I hear the statement above, I don’t really know what to make of it.  For the longest time, I was in survival mode . . . I had to be fight to regain my health and strength.  I had to navigate unchartered territory and figure out a path for moving forward.  I had no choice . . . We all do what we have to in order to survive.  Does this really define “strength”? Read more