Headline: Suicide rate in Alberta climbs 30% in the wake of mass oilpatch layoffs. CBC News, December 8, 2015.
Ever since I heard singer, songwriter 22 year old, Demi Lovato’s quirky and primarily supportive comments as a judge on The X Factor, I felt a fondness for her. Recently, she performed in Calgary and the local press, including the Calgary Herald, waxed eloquent about her committed philanthropy, messages of empowerment, and courageous self-disclosure.
Years ago Oprah interviewed her mentor and resiliency role model, Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014). In that moment I became a fan of both Oprah and Dr. Angelou. Angelou was considered by many to be the great voice of contemporary literature. She was a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director.
Resilience is called upon when we face tough situations. One of the ways to bounce back, to become stronger and flourish, is to create meaning from those nasty moments—death of a loved one or illness or harassment or loss of a job, identity, marriage, self-respect or home. . . or the hapless meanness of others.
The battle over sex differences reaps little comfort for both women and men. Both women and men can think mathematically, can nurture and can get the job done. Yet most nurses, child care workers, and caregivers of the elderly are female, while most truck drivers, engineers and world leaders are men. Of course there are exceptions and yet we socially, politically and economically want a better representation.