Thoughtful Friday:Strength From Chaos

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Hi friends!

I hope that your week has been productive and rewarding.  I love flowers  but since tulips do not grow in Kenya (correct me if I am wrong), I fell in love with these ones.

I would to keep this post short and sweet so that  y’all can enjoy the next 48 hours.  This quote from Jenny Blake’s post on being agile and antifragile  got me thinking and thought I share:

“Do not believe that the person who is trying to offer you solace lives his life effortlessly among the simple and quiet words that might occasionally comfort you. His life is filled with much hardship and sadness, and it remains far beyond yours. But if it were otherwise, he could never have found these words.”

—Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Life

I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.

Yours truly,

Kerry

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2 Responses to Thoughtful Friday:Strength From Chaos

  1. jpeggytaylor says:

    That’s a great quote! It resonates with me – perhaps because I am married to someone for whom that quote would be true. He certainly does offer me support when I know life is harder for him. But do we have to live through suffering to be wise? I certainly think empathy is a really important aspect in understanding the position of others – and sadly I think there is not enough of it in today’s world. I think sometimes older people can offer great nuggets of wisdom borne out of their own experiences. But then I also think some young people, even children, can also see things very clearly sometimes too.

    We tend to be quite a philosophical family with a slightly tongue-in-cheek motto of “It’ll be fine!” regardless of the gravity of the circumstance!

    That was an interesting article you linked there, Lillian. I think perhaps as we are growing older (50+) we see that life is so full of perpetual changes and that we cannot control the world in which both we and our children live, we accept that we must embrace ‘chaos’ to an extent. This week has been a good example of me having to learn a new thing fast … and I am eternally grateful to my children for their knowledge and patience as I have tried to grapple with my new computer system 🙂

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  2. jpeggytaylor says:

    P.S. I loved those purple tulips btw 🙂 I have been growing a small pot of tulips that I rescued from a market stall a few weeks. I had no idea what colour they would be but they turned out a lovely pastel pink with yellow edges. I always associate tulips with the amazing bulb fields of the Netherlands but they are also a popular garden flower here in the UK 🙂

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