About Virginia (the person, not the state) – a former globetrotting relief & development worker who returned home to look after a busy bed-fast quadriplegic Papa & wheelchair-riding Mama (it was no small task!)
Returning from Africa years ago I plotted a bit of rest & a Ph.D., but instead continued coursework in that ever elusive Masters degree of LOVE: there’s always more to learn. Keeping up with the Savvy Saints (my parents) required many hats as the go-to-care-person. Given that Papa was in pain 24/7, distraction was a major strategy employed especially during evening high-peak-pain hours with inspirational movies & programs.
Books, books, and MORE BOOKS!!! My sister invited me to Celebrate Recovery at her church for my ‘book thing.’ (I’m still not sure if she was joking.) I love to read & have books stacked everywhere (in tall shelves, under the bed, next to the bed, in every corner.) As children my younger brother & I begged our Mama to take us to the library. We’d come out happily with stacks of books to read, then beg her to take us back again the next week. Now he’s a librarian & I’ve kept my love for books as a voracious reader.
And there’s music, art and more because so many things we hear, see, read and people we encounter have potential to INSPIRE us (& others.)
I got to thinking (this happens occasionally), why not share what inspires me with you? Viewer-reader-listener tastes notwithstanding, what about the inspiration factor?
What inspires us to to BE roses in the rubble? to see beauty? to be courageous? to do something to remove the rubble around us, or raise awareness of global rubble issues: conflicts, disease, poverty, injustice?
Roses in the rubble also need laughter (in large doses) to develop healthier blooms for courageous creativity. So, let’s be about it (in the words of Capt. Honor Harrington!) Let’s find inspiring Roses of all varieties.
For an explanation why Roses in the Rubble? click here.