I used to think a photo of a cardinal in the winter was so cliché

Now I understand the symbolism in this breathtaking image

Resilience in the midst of the coldest days and nights

This brightly colored bird atop the barren branches

Screeches defiantly into the cold air

You cannot stop me, cold


Winter of the Soul

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”  — Robert H. Schuller

“Wild” – a great movie for the restless soul

I saw “Wild” a few days ago and would highly recommend it for an uplifting movie about a girl whose spirit is broken by the death of her mom, addiction, and a failing marriage, and how she finds strength and resilience from within.

Contemplating New Beginnings


Today is the first day of spring – a great time to contemplate one of the most cliché phrases used to describe this time of year and other monumental life events.

“New Beginnings” can seem like such a shallow phrase and its full meaning cannot be grasped until we have experienced it on numerous occasions, both happy and sad.  Often it is used when we believe someone needs to get over something and move on.

Yet I still take comfort in knowing that there is a new truth in each passing moment.  There is peace in releasing the fear that keeps us from seeking the truth in every situation we encounter. I have wasted a lot of time and energy hiding from the truth, afraid that I would not be able to bear its consequences.  Ultimately I have no choice but to accept what is.

strengthI have been told that I am a very strong person and I believe it is true, even though sometimes I feel very weak.  Perhaps I am strong because of all of the losses I have experienced in my life.  Perhaps it is because I was blessed with the gene for resilience.  Whatever the case, I take solace in new beginnings and the opportunity to allow truth to triumph over my fears.