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Personal Stories on Reslience: Marcia Goldstein

February 27, 2019

How Has Resiliency Shown Up In My Life?
- Marcia Goldstein

In 2008, my life unexpectedly changed. My mother, who was my role model of an intelligent, caring, courageous women, died suddenly of a surgical complication.  A very difficult year ensued as I dwelled in a sense of grief and loss for myself as well as others close to me who loved her as well.

Then one summer day I woke up early at the beach. I was feeling especially out of sorts but pushed myself to go to an early yoga class. The class was held on a deck overlooking the bay with grasses swaying, birds flying and chirping and clouds floating by in a brilliant blue sky. I was the only student to make it to class that day and so I got to work one-one with a lovely instructor.  I left class feeling more at ease and stopped in at the adjacent community center to look at the new art exhibit.

In the middle of the room was a huge sculpture.  It was evocative of the skeleton of a boat on a cresting wave. A large book, opened inside it was filled with random scrabble tiles.  I was drawn to it and looked at it from every angle.

And then it came to me that it was July 1st. - the one-year anniversary of my mother’s death.  She loved boating, was an avid reader and could beat the best in scrabble.  And the sculptor’s studio was in the town where my mother last lived.

It was as if a huge shadow lifted off my heart. I reveled in the beauty of that morning as a sense of peace entered my heart.  Albert Einstein once wrote, “There are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle”. For me, that day was a miracle.