Suffering is real. Recovery is hard.
There’s no such thing as a free meal in life.
But resilience is real as well.
In Greek mythology, the Phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates and lives again.
Dr. Hope Ferdowsian writes about the Phoenix Effect and building Phoenix Zones to overcome the challenges of our time. By combining studies on survival and resilience, Ferdowsian takes us to the places where the “injured can heal and thrive if we attend to key principles:
– respect for liberty and sovereignty
– commitment to love and tolerance
– promotion of justice
– fundamental belief that each individual possesses dignity”
Associated with the sun, a Phoenix obtains new life by rising from the ashes of its predecessors.
Like resilience, we rise from our ashes. We die with the decisions we make in our lives based on these key principles pointed out by Ferdowsian. We die a little each time we fight for our rights and other people’s justice that is rightfully theirs.
Remember: the ones who said you couldn’t do it are watching.
We either fail miserably, or rise like the Phoenix.