my power today lies in remarkable gratitude. I am not a victim. There are no lost causes. “I’ve been there, done that, and know suffering — but it’s all good.” I’m still standing. “Can’t touch this.” Self-pity is an excuse to do nothing. To appeal to sympathy for pity’s sake is to seek affirmation of the choice to do nothing. I am empowered by the spirit and support of meaningful experience and I transform with silent resilience.