I sit here reflecting upon the week that has passed,

calling to mind the events

and the thoughts that have been uppermost in my mind.

And as with every week, a few thoughts whisper and weave themselves in and out of my consciousness...

until it is time to write.

And once again, I feel called to write about the nature of humanity and what it is to be human.

I am endlessly fascinated with how our humanity manifests itself in a myriad of ways -

how we can all be so different

and yet

deep within our core the same truths exist for all.

These truths breathe us in some moments

and stop our breath in others.

I speak of the events that took place in Turkey and Brussels this past week and the events that took place this Easter Sunday in Pakistan.

I speak of the ability for humans to incite terror against one another


I speak of the ability for humans to demonstrate absolute resiliency

in the face of that terror

time and time and time again.

I see so clearly the nature of our resiliency...

the strength of it

the power of it

the source of it.

Even in the face of the most cruel and traumatic experiences

human resiliency remains steadfast...

ever present

ever patient

ever ready

to bubble up

and return us to our own home base

of well being

of peace

of love

of compassion

of joy

of hope.

This is our true nature...deep in our core. One that can never be destroyed.

No matter the circumstances.

No matter the terror.

And sometimes,

much like a boomerang...

it takes a little while to return home.

And when that happens, it can set our mind to churning...

questioning and wondering if it will ever come back.

And as we wait, we may begin to wonder if perhaps

it got lost,

or stuck,

or broken...

because in our worry and our waiting, it seems

so hard to see


so hard to trust


so hard to let go of our thoughts.

But then, out of the blue...

the boomerang comes back. 

As it always does.

And so it is with our resiliency.

It rises again and again and again from the ashes

and fills us with life.

And it is that force...that power and that strength that I hold above all others.

It is more sure and true and remarkable than any terror that may come our way.

It is indeed a beautiful thing to behold and to witness.

"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.” Frida Kahlo


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