Resilience A Gift Book to Enrich the Soul and Restore the Spirit
Life can throw us the most unexpected of curve balls. These can come in so many different forms – a reversal of fortune, ill-health, a death of a loved one or pet, or a child leaving home, the loss of a job, divorce, floods, fire or drought. So many of life’s events test our mettle; they challenge our resilience. A simple reminder that we are not alone and that others have survived setbacks often provides comfort. The words of another can push back the clouds for us momentarily until we are strong enough to do it for ourselves giving us a glimmer of sunshine in the midst of a dark night of the soul.
The very fact that over the decades so many eminent and ordinary people, from saints to sinners, spiritual leaders and business magnates, celebrities and poets, have felt compelled to share their insights about maintaining resilience is testimony to the fact that we are not alone.
We compiled Resilience a Gift Book to Enrich the Soul and Restore the Spirit to acknowledge these sage beings and, in the process, to inspire us all to get through the tough times.
My Gratitude Journal
One of the earliest advocates of a daily gratitude practice was Dutch philosopher Rabbi Baruch Spinoza. In the seventeenth century, he suggested that each day for a month, we ask ourselves the following three questions:
Who or what inspired me today?
What brought me happiness today?
What brought me comfort or deep peace today?”
Each day be attentive to the gifts you receive and count your blessings … what you are grateful for …
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.” – Zig Ziglar
Gratitude is about feeling and expressing appreciation: for all we’ve received, all that we have (however little it may be), and for all of the ‘bullets’ we may have dodged.
Expressing gratitude changes our perspective; our mindset.
Neuroscience tells us expressing gratitude can change our neural pathways diffusing anxiety, depression, grief, self-pity and self-centeredness. Gratitude increases our feelings of well-being and prompting mindful awareness of being safe in the present moment and at the same time reminding us that we belong to a greater whole, and of connection to others, as well as to the universe.
The quotes in each book give us hope and comfort, encouraging us to keep on keeping on, to try to move on quickly from setbacks and to bounce back. They are a reminder to focus on what is going well in the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or in the house of darkness. They alert us to the possibility of a brighter future (which may be closer than we think). Our learned sages also counsel that often when we are most tempted to give up, the tide turns.
We have matched the quotes chosen with images of expressive African animals.
These beautiful gift books, full of hope and encouragement, health and well-being,
speak to people of all ages, young and old. They are primarily intended as gift books but are also designed to appeal to those who are seeking inspiration or a message of hope in a cloudy day.
Think Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Birthdays, Thankyou gifts …