Current events draw my attention to the virtue of resilience…
Images of vehicles stranded on a Hungarian freeway in the mid-March snowstorm sweeping through the country – forecasted in the media on all levels, so that even we heard of it coming, who don’t own a television set and rarely turn the radio on. The Ministry of the Interior text-messaged us, too.
The driver’s side door of a car is even open and deep snow fills the seats, dashboard, steering wheel, everything…
We have become risk takers, modern people, but in odd, rather infantile, sometimes outright insane ways. We often tempt the devil and with that malfortune, putting overly much trust in technology, bewildered by the power we assume it has.
Like our neighbor, who just pulled on our driveway snow covered up to the bottom of his old diesel Mercedes, only to get stuck in the first snowdrift crossing his way. I wonder if he would have attempted coming out to shake the snow off of his poly-tunnels in this weather, did he not have his cell phone on. He had a mobile communication device on, but he forgot his common sense at home. That’s all right, human ingenuity invented 4-wheel drive vehicles for a reason. For example to come and rescue us in our stupidity.
No, dear reader, no. If you also happen to be one of those many, who still believe that technology equals resilience, I have to burst this bubble for you.
Resilience is in your bare hands and bare feet…
It is in your ability of clear judgement and calm… and yes, at times it resides in swift action.
Sipping the melted down fresh snow…
with its earthy, slightly bitter-sweet flavor, this water full of life, makes me feel like I swallow resilience with each gulp as I am writing.
Looking out the kitchen window framed by wreaths of tiny garlics that survived last year’s drought, there is resilience in my peripheral view as I am focusing on the song birds that are feeding on the dry seeds of the many a goosefoot we left in the garden. I am proud to have supported, or rather for having worked in synergy with resilience.
I also watched the manifestation of our daughter’s resilience in great awe through the same window, when a while ago she insisted to walk outside in the chilly wind…
snow patches surrounding her naked feet. I saw the resilience in her determination, her intense focus somewhere in the infinite, and I was proud again to have fostered resilience by not curbing her freedom. Freedom of connecting with nature and learning about her own limitations.
I greatly admire her ever ferocious appetite for hearty meals (she kind of takes after me on that one – a Freudian self-admiration perhaps).
and I’m telling myself, she’s a survivor. Now what is that, if not building resilience?
On one occasion I also scooped her bathtub copper caldron full of snow and heated it up on the wood stove. A heaping potful of resilience in the form of pampering silky water. Did she enjoy it!
Searching a bit harder on the dark pantry shelves filled with mostly empty jars by now, yesterday we were rewarded by a forgotten sour cherry chutney canned by us, from our own fruit trees. Dusty, stained lid, a daddy long leg mummy hanging from its side…
A four year old piece of delicious resilience…
I love watching my wife’s skillful hands diligently crafting newer and newer garment wonders for our little one. There is resilience in every loop the crochet hook makes, in every wooden button sewed on…
See, there is resilience in and all around us. I’m tempted to call it intuitive simplicity.
How are you rejoicing in resilience?
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