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gentle strength.

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after finding a tiny baby mole

who has died

along the side of the road

the kids say a few words on its behalf

and place it in the soft leaves of the woods

as a kind and gentle memorial gesture.

 

“when children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength.”

-maria montessori

infinite possibilities.

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“tearing the paper means you’ve stopped believing in the infinite possibilities of a square.” 

-tor dual, a thousand paper birds

 

image credit: artist, vik muniz turned two million cranes into one symbol of strength for japanese earthquake victims

 

strength.

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wearing an ac/dc t-shirt, ripped up jeans, and velcro shoes

all while wrapped in a cape made from your swaddling blanket

bestows unlimited strength and heroic powers upon you. 

“a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength

to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

-christopher reeve

my life as a zucchini.

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there is so much strength and emotion 

packed into this 70 minute little film

i am left not knowing exactly what to say.

directed by claude bars

a joint swiss/french

stop-motion animation creation

later re-voiced in english

with unforgettable characters

so tiny

yet larger than life

 their huge eyes

mirror their huge troubles, emotions, lives

 their fight for survival

and their desperate search to find a way

to open their wounded hearts once again.

it is a testament to the resilience of the human heart

and the power of love and friendship in the face of adversity.

(French: Ma vie de Courgette; also titled My Life as a Zucchini), was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. This is the second adaptation of Gilles Paris’ 2002 novel Autobiographie d’une Courgette, as there was a French live-action television film adaptation called C’est mieux la vie quand on est grand which aired in 2007. The film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards but lost to Zootopia. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist.

 “the empty swing set reminds us of this–


that bad won’t be bad forever,

and what is good can sometimes last 
a long, long time.
”

-jacqueline woodson

 

 

note: while this film is animated, it may be too emotional and scary for young children to experience, due to some of the characters and issues addressed within.

credits: universal studios, wikipedia, cannes film festival

“nothing is so strong as gentleness. nothing is so gentle as real strength.” – frances de sales

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ann arbor’s mayor chris taylor,

supporting

the childrens’ peace and unity march.

i am so proud of my city

and

the compassionate hearts within.

“master the divine techniques of the art of peace and no enemy will dare to challenge you.”
— ueshiba

 

“a strong spirit transcends rules.”- prince

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while the kinders were playing a farm game

with crops and cash,

some sold

some bought

some traded.

i thought all were farmers

until one came to me 

to say:

“she doesn’t want to be a farmer. she said  she’s a jedi warrior!

that means she’ll be stronger than all of the rest of us!”

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i told him that jedi and farmers are both very strong people.

both work hard and refuse to give up.

both try to do things peacefully.

and that

they could work together with no problem.

they would be good for each other.

they would help each other.

even a  jedi has to eat.

even a farmer has to stand up and be brave. 

and they became a very powerful team.

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image credits: foodtank.com, google images, star wars, lucasfilm.ltd

patience.

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i left the store

 and

saw the enthusiasm

on his face

as he

gathered up the carts

and ran

with

as many as he could push

and

then some

and

he was clearly strong

on the outside

but

just as he was hitting his stride

about to cross

the last fifty feet

into the store

a car

decided to back up

and

took a few tries to do so

and

a family

decided

to cross in front of him

and

a young couple

ran in his path

and

four more cars

drove in front of him

and

things

just kept coming

and

still he stood

patient

and

unflinching

just

waiting

and

when the path

was

finally clear

once more

he

slowly

walked the carts

back into their place

in the store

in a show of

 personal

 inner strength

 endurance

and

will

and

having no idea

anyone noticed.

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patience, persistence and perspiration

make an unbeatable combination for success.

– napoleon hill