Resilience: The Impossible Dream?
Emotions rooted in hope of accomplishment mix and evolve as they are passed down through generations. Some are met with crisis and inevitably are forced to function through as improvisation. Others are able to steadily improve through guided curriculum as a mantra. From either vantage point strength is gathered, yet in vastly different ways, and clearly visible through this dynamic of power – again noting the emotions of hope passed down through the generations of accomplishments won or lost.
Remember, your legs are only as strong as the foundation that they stand on…
Reflective within community, what does this look like within an ecclesial sense? Within the breadth and length of spirituality, an understanding of spiritual centering typically consists of the individual – hard – work contingent upon identifying, depicting, and also coping with the personal philosophy of life. Through this lens the terminology and portrayal of love, truth, strength and weakness, peace, joy and other emotional identifiers of life interact(s) principally. These are the life accomplishments – as depiction – that act as barometers – when prudently considered – through wisdom for fulfillment. Namely, simply put, this allows individuals to determine how they have grown or regressed within their initial conception of life’s endeavors. Definitively, this sentiment requires reflection…deeply, historically, and with a nominal form of consistency.
From a spiritual perspective, the terminology of “strengthening” the limbs and/or extremities such as “hands” or “feet,” become(s) symbolic to the type of work that must occur (within its immediacy) and furthermore the length – dexterity – for how long this distinctive work much reach, expansively, towards others. Further still, the biblical text describes a notion of unity that literally changed the efficacy of a kingdom in 1 Samuel 23 (specifically verse 16). Jonathon literally played a pivotal role of breaking the curses, of a nation, by building the bonds with those previously ostracized. I think that it is also worth noting that in accordance with Psalm 103:6, “The LORD works vindication (as righteousness) and justice for all who are oppressed. More clearly stated, “The Lord does what is fair and brings justice to all who have been hurt by others.” This might be what the founding fathers of America had in mind while conceiving the birthing documents of freedom – as Liberty and Justice – for all.
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky
A whole new world (don’t you dare close your eyes)
A hundred thousand things to see (hold your breath, it gets better)
I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so far
I can’t go back to where I used to be
A whole new world
With new horizons to pursue
I’ll chase them anywhere
There’s time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you
A whole new world (a whole new world)
That’s where we’ll be (that’s where we’ll be)
A thrilling chase (a wondrous place)
For you and me
Song by Zayn and Zhavia Ward
(Featured in the motion Picture and Disney’s – Aladdin)
“In God We Trust” came to fruition and emerged as the United States of America’s motto in the mid 50’s around 1956. Previously, E Pluribus Unum – Latin for “out of many, one,” was once the motto of the United States of America. Although sometimes it has been translated one from many, the motto and phraseology, gives credence – prudently – for the unification, cohesively, of a single nation formed, within the result of the thirteen smaller colonies joining together. As maxim, E pluribus Unum made its appearing on the Great Seal along with Annuit Cœptis and Novus Ordo Seclorum; representative of the Arms, the Crest, and Reverse. An Act of Congress approved solidifying its inclusion on the seal in 1782 as these proverbial aphorisms translated to mean, “Out of many, one”; “He [God] has favored Our Undertakings;” and “A new order of the ages.” The earliest known impression is on a document dated September 16, 1782, authorizing, then, General George Washington to negotiate with the British regarding prisoners of war.[Within the historicity and celebration as “Declaration” that “all Men [people] are created equal,” based on the separation from Great Britain, let us all remember that we have the ability to be re-unified as a peaceful force to be reckoned with; one with the capability to accord the flourishing of each individual under this banner of freedom…
The fourth of July depicts the right for freedom for all. It offers an identity of resilience for those who face adversity and those who suffer. If provides hope for new immigrants and refugees who fled their countries for a better life lived in the United States, as it offers hope for those who remain. To be independent is to be free of bondage. As in the ability to bounce-forward using personal protective factors be them cultural, family units, spiritual identity, or daily environment (Personal communication with the author, July 1, 2021).
May your fourth be one of true freedom embedded in the heart.
Guest writer for CORLC
See Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, vol. xxii, pp. 338–339; for Thomson’s explanation of the symbolism, see pp. 339–340.
This statement was adapted from the article published within the Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/july-04/