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.