April 30th, 2020 / posted by paularath

Antarctica, one of my favorite places on earth.             (My personal photos)

These are alarming and confusing times, and it can be challenging to imagine the end of this set of circumstances.

And yet, people all over the world are learning new ways of living and employing innovative ways of thinking. As an added bonus, we are relating to one another in creative new ways. (I never thought I would be an enthusiastic user of Zoom or GoToMeeting!)

A little bird daring the waves on my favorite beach, Papailoa.

Does that mean we are growing, although our world often feels as though it’s shrinking?

One of the glorious sunsets from our deck in Nu’uanu.

Psychologists Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun, as part of their University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Post-traumatic Growth Research Group, have identified seven areas of growth that spring from adversity:

A greater appreciation and strengthening of close relationships

A greater appreciation of life

An increased sense of compassion and altruism

The identification of new possibilities or a purpose in life

A greater awareness and utilization of personal strengths

Enhanced spiritual development

Creative growth

A perfect dahlia in Rousham Gardens, Oxfordshire

…and, oh my, COVID-19 has certainly brought us adversity in many forms! Are you experiencing personal growth through this pandemic?

Paula Rath

A time to stop and appreciate a glorious sunset

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Gerald Mayfield
April 30th, 2020 at 10:54 pm

Well done and beautiful.

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