Human Spirit

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." 
Helen Keller 

Over the past few weeks, we have suffered the wrath of natural disasters around the world.  In spite of total destruction, humans tenaciously begin to reconstruct their lives.  How?

Everything I know about life, after 64 years of living, tells me that the "can do" attitude comes from faith, which inspires hope, which calls forth creativity, which brings forth incredible things.  (In this instance, when I say faith, I don't mean belonging to a religion. I mean real belief that comes from the knowledge that there is more to life than meets the eye.)

Proof of this phenomenon can be found everywhere. People in countries totally devastated by floods, landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis, can be found pulling together to rebuild their lives. I find this incredible!

Recently, I viewed a video of a neighborhood in Texas, where local actors and singers gathered together to film their version of the Les Miserables song, "One More Day." For me, it was a call to all to rise up, keep going, and dream of better days. 

Surely, the human race would have disappeared thousands of years ago, if not for the tenacity of the human spirit. Each time we face difficulties, heartache, pain, or oppression, we rise stronger and wiser. 

As the days grow into autumn, may we all be like the trees here in New England. May we let go of what was, dig our roots deeper into this Earth we call home, and patiently grow into another glorious spring. 

Blessings to all.


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