《The Orchid and the Dandelion》的笔记-第187页
- 章节名：The Arc of Life for Orchids and Dandelions
- 页码：第187页 2019-04-23 09:47:04
Both had within themselves a strong sense of uniqueness and personal destiny, as if there were a secret, special role for which each one was solely made. And both revealed an impressive commitment and capacity toward enacting and making real these special visions for their lives. Neither were loners, neigher inhibited. And both were embedded in apparently committed and enduring romantic relationships.Orchid children had exaggerated, heightened repsonses to mild laboratory stressors in their now distant preschool years. Each of them had spcial sensibilities that led, to an intolerance for the pedetrian, to a talent for ballet, and for others, to a sense of easy overstimulation or being overwhelmed in intense or corwded ocnditions.Dandelions, in their ealy years, revealed impassive, minimal biological reactivity to the very same laboratory challenges that triggered vigorous repsonse in the orchids. And all now reported life experiences reflecting some aspect of steday, resilient reactions in the face of real adversity.Four insights from the 8 interviewees (4 groups)1. the striking diversity of the orchid and dandelion groups.2. We are, each of us, always "becoming," forever changed from the person we once were, but not yet transformed into the individual we are still to be.3. Lives are intrinsically unpredictable.p 217The world can be a scary, dark, and lonely place - whether you are young and frightened or aged and tired, whether akin to a sturdy dandelion or to a tender orchid. There are moments and encounters in every life when the dread and terror of the world rise up, and there are places on the map of every life where "here be dragons" should be prominently scrawled in seenteenth- century calligraphy. There are winged shadows of iniquity and cruelty that we all hand down, generation to broken generation, grandparents to sleepless child. But there are also moments of grace, when unexpected goodness ariives, from some dep, unseen reserve of love, and makes it possible for us to rest and sleep and trust that alll will finally be well.
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