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Heartbreak and resilience
Topics: Responsive Grants
My garden is oh so confused. My Michaelea tree is blooming for the THIRD time this year, the bulbs I planted two weeks ago are already coming up and leaf buds on one of my Stewartias are starting to unfurl. None of this is supposed to be happening right now.
Which is also true of the heartbreaking week that just was.
The best I can offer right now is to share two articles I came across this morning – The Five Best Ways to Build Resiliency and The Road to Resilience – that outline why some people bounce back from traumatic adversity while others fall apart. In doing so, they also explain how we all might strengthen our own inherent resilience, which we may be called upon to use at any time. As we know.
There's also a viral movement underway – started by former Oregonian Ann Curry – to honor the memory of Sandy Hook Elementary School's 20 children and six teachers by performing 20 or 26 acts of kindness. You can join this movement simply by doing something kind for others and follow along on twitter through #20Acts and #26Acts .
Also on the good news front, in a meeting yesterday, MMT trustees awarded 17 grants totaling $2.85 million. These awards bring MMT's totals since it began operating in 1982 to 7,145 awards for more than $580.4 million. For a complete list of December awards, READ MORE
We're saving the rest of what would have been this month's content for next time. For now, may it be enough to wish you and yours peace and joy in this holiday season and into next year. May we all find our way to gather the courage, strength and wisdom to create the world our innocent children and grandchildren deserve.
The kind of world where, as the saying goes, we are all as good as our dogs think we are.