Resilience, change and beauty: these are the most used keywords in the stories we publish at Lerario Photos. Since ancient times these three words represent the lowest common denominator of all the stories that are inspiring, moving and bigger than an individual. Each of these words is important by itself but there is something mysteriously powerful that can happen when they came together inside a story.
Because we need beauty: it reminds us of our humanity and helps us to keep alive hopes and visions. But we also need to believe in positive change if we want to expend energy, stamina, and pride trying to make the best of our own lives and the lives of others. And, finally, we need resilience to preserve our individual integrity and to defend human dignity, the two most powerful instruments with which to progress both on an individual and collective level.
I have not stopped loving that which is sacred in this world — Albert Camus
The meaning of the words
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 (sometimes 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 goodwill, 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 to 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.