First to Bend Last to Break
Sometimes strength begins with humility and fortitude with impulsiveness. Even lessons from suffering may make one great, but first we must train ourselves to derive nourishment from seemingly toxic situations. Once we recognize benefits where weakness seemed shameful, our hearts open to the new potential in living, and pain loses much of its impact. More
Change is inevitable, but our reaction to that fact is a skill that can be mastered. Bending, for instance, when the world is a storm, or when something demands we concede or be destroyed--understanding how to adjust ourselves in such instances can safeguard our most cherished beliefs. The poems included in this book represent a life developing such ideas, where the consequences of occasional loss are repurposed for gain, and the means of physical, emotional, and spiritual adaptation are celebrated.
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