I found this quote in a book I am reading by Alicia Salzer, M D, entitled: “Back to Life – getting past your past with resilience, strength and optimism.”
“In a world blinded by the pursuit of pleasure, I am here to say that people are in pain. In a world rushing to get ahead, I am here to say that people are being left behind. In a world obsessed with the value of the market, I am here to speak for the value of life……and I am alive. This will be no quiet fight, for I am the voice of audacity in the face of apathy, I am the spirit of bravery in a world of caution. I am commitment to action in the face of neutrality. I am alive.”
Dan Pallotta, activist/survivor
The photo shows a small part a 600 year old Rimu tree in Otari-Wilton Bush Reserver, Wellington, 2007.
2011 has had some daunting moments and the events that have occurred will continue to impact on our lives for a long time. I am constantly looking for things that help boost mood, build resilience and an optimistic view of life. The title of this book caught my eye and I requested it from our local library.
“The Happiness Project, or Why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle and generally have more fun” by Gretchen Rubin.
I have found this book to be a stimulating, provocative and helpful read. It certainly requires attention and is not some glib, once over lightly wander through “happiness”.