Resilience Alphabet – R is for Remember and Rainbow

I decided a couple of days ago to look out my two Passports (of the electronic kind) and have a look at the photos I have stored on them, some of which go back to 1979! As we’ve looked at them some have made us laugh, some are pretty awful, and many of them have been reminders of days out and family holidays, significant events and people, and times of much fun and laughter.

In terms of your personal resilience today I recommend you go and pull out some random photos or a photo album from some previous year, and revisit some of the times that you thought were significant enough to capture. Go laugh at what’s fun, remember important moments, and revisit happy times. It’s interesting that in the last 10 years the subject matter of photos has changed significantly with the development of mobile phones… go back before the pre-selfie age!

And if you are of the activist persuasion, write down 10 places you have been on holiday that you would like to revisit and create a bucket list; or write down 10 people you have photos of that you haven’t spoken to in a while and track them down. You have a vast store of happy memories – what a resource to revisit at this time.

It would have been odd to go through the Alphabet right now and not include Rainbow. The Rainbow has been a symbol of hope and promise to many from earliest times: a visible sign of hope beyond the storm, giving us reassurance that the storm will have an end point. Remember the Rainbow today, and as you do Remember too those who are not having a holiday today because they are working on our behalf.

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