Words are important. Words are of immeasurable importance. Resilience, change and beauty are the three keywords in most projects produced by my studio. Here it is what these words mean to us.
Resilience (Integrity – Dignity – Endurance – Freedom)
It is the ability to work with adversity in such a way that one comes through it unharmed or even better for the experience. Resilience means facing life’s difficulties with courage and patience – refusing to give up. It is the quality of character that allows a person or group of people rebound from misfortune, hardships and traumas.
Resilience is rooted in a tenacity of spirit, a determination to embrace all that makes life worth living even in the face of overwhelming odds. When we have a clear sense of identity and purpose, we are more resilient, because we can hold fast to our vision of a better future.
Change (Exploration – Discovery – Knowledge – Innovation)
Positive change comes in the most intimate and the most expansive ways. Each of us in fact, every day, engages in making the world a better place (some times in spite of ourselves).
This section intends to be a wide-ranging invitation, an encouragement to explore both the practical and the mysterious as you expand your horizons, as you consider offering your good will, courage, energy, experience, sense of humor and heart to the world in new and challenging ways.
Beauty (Love – Solidarity – Compassion – Empathy – Creativity)
It gives us a sense of delight and wonder, so creating beauty brings delight and wonder into the world. Though we are all different in terms of what we experience as beautiful and how we respond, those who seek to create beauty find others who appreciate their efforts.
Beauty can soothe pain, comfort sorrow, distract from illness, or inspire hope and virtue in those who experience it. In these ways, it is tremendously powerful, and those who create beauty exercise this power.
That’s it. And — even if as reporters and witnesses we have often to confront the bad and the evil — resilience, beauty, and a quest for positive change are the things on which, in contrast to sad passions, we focus our eyes when we look at the world.