Tag Archives: resilience

FMM 3 27 2020 No Time for Platitudes

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.” ~ Albert Camus. This week I saw a headline that said that New York women were going to have to give birth alone.  It was not as stark as it sounded.  It wasn’t that the poor women were going to have to squat […]

FMM 8 30 19 Trains and Boats and Planes

“You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.” ~ Golda Meir. In 1963, the long journey across the Atlantic from the UK to Jamaica began with a long train ride from the north of England all the way down to the south coast.  As the youngest in the family, my responsibilities were few, so […]

FMM 9 22 17 Dry Wit

“Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”~ Will Rogers. My father had a strange sense of humor.  His jokes would often be met with a split second of silence, before the audience, whether in church, the classroom, or the huge assembly hall where as chaplain he would lead morning devotions each […]

FMM 9 15 17 Stripped Bare

“Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.” ~ Thomas S. Monson.  I traveled to Jamaica with my family in 1963, sailing on the SS Ascania.  Our journey was extended by several days, as we had to observe protocol, and allow a killer to exit the Caribbean before […]

FMM 9 8 17 Silencing Critics

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”~ Carl Jung. To those of us who grew up trying to please others, the opinion of others matters far too much.  Children whose parents have a particular standing in the community (here I am thinking of parsons and teachers) grow up […]

FMM 8 4 17 The Resilient Spirit

“Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith.’”~ Brene Brown. I could never handle being teased as a child. Maybe it was because I was the youngest, first of five, then later of six.  And of course, those who love to tease do […]

FMM 4 1 16 Forged in Fire

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”~Ernest Hemingway. My mother once asked in wonderment: “How did I raise such strong women?”  The irony of that question lay in the fact that she did not see herself as a strong woman.  When I replied that we had her example to […]

FMM 5 2 14 The Damage Undone

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ~ Nelson Mandela.   I once made my mother curse.  OK, by most standards, it was the mildest curse word you can imagine, but since ‘gosh’ or ‘golly’ were the strongest I had ever heard, I was shocked.  I […]

FMM 1 31 14 Core Training

“Strength does not come from physical capacity.  It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.   The first time I set foot in a gym, I was struck by one thing: all of this effort and sweat with no product.  I thought of how it would appear to the hardworking farmers and laborers of developing […]

FMM 10 25 13 Simple Arithmetic

‘Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.’  ~ Bertrand Russell.   I was seven years old when I went to live in Jamaica.  The first school I attended was a small private school, run by a retired couple.  Teacher G taught the […]