Grit Creates Mosaic Artist Opportunities from Broken Life Experiences

The Great Depression helped test my Swedish American immigrant widow grandmother’s character in order to prove her grit. In the end, we admirers inquired over and over, “How did you do it?, How did you manage? It took me 16 years of research and a book writing process to discern a satisfying answer. Grandma Maja created what became a mosaic staircase to help her rise beyond obstacles in bold second-wind resilience. Out of shattered life pieces and drawing upon ancestral culture, upbringing, and tradition her Swedish gott gry framåtanda gumption tools carried the day. Maja rebuilt her American Dream by bravely conquering each challenging obstacle. What is your proud immigrant mosaic story to share?

My daughter is a mosaic artist and has taught me so much about applying the metaphor of mosaic artistry to life philosophy.

I collected a few images from the internet that speak to me about the process of resilience building. Resilience building assembled the tools each person has like: determination, persistence, striving, courage, mental toughness, fortitude, motivation, passion, guts, gumption, vision,-that together form one’s character and resourcefulness.

It is in the context of wholeness that we can become , revorna once the world breaks us and we choose to rise again and again advancing forward with each transformation.
Grandma Maja was a mentor teaching me to love the forest, to be prepared as a boy scout and to expect life challenges that likely will test the very depth of my soul. Thank you Grandma Maja. ❤️

Published by Donnie: An Admiring Grandson

Living an inspired life modeled after my Grandma Maja, who stepped up as a Swedish immigrant widow and mom of 3, facing America’s Great Depression while demonstrating uncommon grit and valor. I am determined to share her life lessons so she is no longer forgotten. I have a book to share and the reader will preview the entire story by visiting here. You are most welcome.

2 thoughts on “Grit Creates Mosaic Artist Opportunities from Broken Life Experiences

  1. Don,
    Those mosaics are beautiful. Not sure I how I can tell how to comprehend the meaning of them though. I know artists make what they are feeling, but is it the colors that denote the feelings or the pattern of the mosaic?
    Who made them? Is your book available at the library or only for purchase on Amazon? I commend you for all your accomplishments in writing this book and helping Uganda all while bearing your own cross of heart disease. You are an inspiration. I wish I had your strength.
    Wayside is lucky to have you as our deacon.


    1. The broken pieces reassembled into something beautiful is the message. I will check with the library. Please call and request it?
      My Maja A Grandson’s Tribute.

      Thanks for the very humbling comments.

      You are a very strong lady, just like Maja.


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