Revisiting Resilience

blahpolar:

Sorry to post yet again, but this is an awesome post. I need to read that book.

Originally posted on Out of a Great Need:

resilience I am sharing a passage from the book Resilience.  I keep returning to it over and over again.  This is a quote by Sander (the author’s son) during one of their family’s public speaking engagement for mental health advocacy.  It deeply touched my heart and brought me to tears.

“I’ve always thought that the more sensitive a person is, the more susceptible they are to mental illnesses. A sick joke in our universe is that the more it allows a person to see its beauty and deep connectivity, the more difficult it becomes for that person to maintain good mental health.

In our culture, we tend to treat this tradeoff with a fierce double standard. As long as they are sharing with us beautiful insights into humanity, we will love and cherish them as heroes, but if they fall into substance abuse, depression or any other form of mental…

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