Reflections about Resilience – November 3, 2019

Carol A. Hand

Blindsided yet again by evil

that has come with an intensity

I’m not sure my aching heart can bear it


But I have walked this path before


“Walk tall anyway,” I told myself then,

“Truth will prevail in time

if you show compassion, patience,

and integrity


Keep in mind the advice you give

Seek solutions that promote healing

rather than those that punish

Remember what you focus on

and the lens you look through

affect what you see and do



31 thoughts on “Reflections about Resilience – November 3, 2019

  1. I’m so sorry you are being tested yet again. I don’t like the word “evil” but these days there’s often no other word to capture the sheer malevolence of certain people. Forgiveness probably won’t redeem that person but will keep you sane! Stay well.

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    1. I appreciate your thoughtful comments, Diane. I don’t like the word “evil” either, but I don’t know how else to describe seemingly intentional acts that kill or cause egregious harm to others. It’s not something new, but it seems to be more common these days because of those in positions of power who model it so glibly. It really does helps me to have a simple way to refocus … compassion, patience, integrity.

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  2. “Seek solutions that promote healing rather than those that punish” — this jumped out at me because I think I need punishment (of the perpetrator) in order to make progress in healing. Having both compassion and justice at the same time ain’t so easy…

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful, honest comments, Edy. I am not convinced, though, that punishment ever helps people become kinder or wiser. I am not sure what the answer is, but I much prefer striving to live by the principles that feel best for me – compassion, patience, and integrity. I am not saying that is easy…


  3. This poem tugs at my heart. When the journey seems uphill, and I am not sure if I am up for this challenge, the thought that I have been here before… all seems too familiar. I have been there, and I have thought this thought before. Thank you for this beautiful post.

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  4. This sounds like it could have been written by my soul! Sending you a warm hug and inspiration to do just what you wrote…recognize that what you focus on and what you see will definitely impact your reality!
    Sweet Blessings, friend. ❤

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