“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.”  — Isabel Allende

I’d initially used this quote with my September 11, 2015 post. I’m repeating it again for this year’s anniversary.

We need a great deal of that inner strength to cope with life – between wars, natural disasters, and other man-made tragedies, it can seem overwhelming. It’s out of fashion now, & the notion is sometimes treated with derision,  but we are the “thousand points of light” that former President George H.W. Bush spoke of. We, as a nation, as local communities, as individuals, have proven – on 9/11 and on many other occasions – that  we are capable of coming together and doing awesome things. And we should nurture that capacity in ourselves.



Photo courtesy of nasa.gov