A Triumph of Human Spirit

When checking early this morning the last theme for Photo 101, I disliked it from back to front. The ‘Triumph’ word sounds full of grandeur and arrogance. Don’t ask me why; maybe a shrink can explain it better. I just perceive it as a bit Hollywoodish and over the top.

At the end of the day – and perhaps thanks to a yoga session – I made peace with this theme.

I have many blessings to count – as ‘you-know-who-your-are’ rightly so, tell me often – and I wouldn’t be here writing about them, because these are no great triumphs, but only normal highs and lows of a life’s journey, which has mostly been kind to me.

There is a special group of people, though, who I humbly pay homage to, for their efforts and achievements deservedly are ‘Triumphs’.

I dedicate my triumph photo to many warriors: belated brother Adriano, cousin Ana Paula and uncle-father Roberto, cousin Carla,  fellow bloggers Paul (My Chordoma Journey) and Michael, my friend and soul-sister C, and to all cancer patients. I also include all doctors, who research and fight every day against cancer, the emperor of all maladies.

This photo is a tribute to resilience; it is a tribute to life. It is an image of self-confidence and defiance to a disease, which relentlessly tries to destroy healthy cells, but can never defeat the human spirit and will to live.

I captured this image during a ‘life-celebration’ lunch with my friend C. She has defeated colon cancer – which left sequels and restrictions to her eating habits – but she is undeterred and determined not to surrender. She enjoys every dessert she loves, every second of her life. This, is a ‘Triumph’.

“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life.

The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.”

— Ben Stein

35 thoughts on “A Triumph of Human Spirit

  1. What a beautiful and moving post. And a perfect way to respond to what I agree was a challenging way to bring this to an end.

    Respect to you for finding such a tasteful and elegant way to deal with this.

    I look forward to staying in touch!

  2. Lovely post. Sometimes a triumph is as simple (not necessarily easy) as getting off the couch and making a meal of something somewhat healthy instead of eating junk food. Thank you.

  3. This is obviously the most perfect response. It resonates with me so much, the first lines — about the arrogance of presuming Triumph — were as though you took them from my mouth. And your idea of triumph is one that nobody can dispute. A beautiful post and a dignified conclusion of Photo 101 on your part. Congrats on making it!

  4. gosh a really touching and heartfelt post and one i can relate to having had family members suffer. I am so thrilled your friend has triumphed and gets to enjoy life i also look forward to keeping in touch x

    • Heartfelt thanks! I understand you. Better sleep over it and you eventually you’ll think of something. I got stuck when thinking of me but the moment I looked outside, I accepted the word.
      Thanks for commenting.

  5. Fabulous photo with great black and white and blurry effects, I love the color on the sweets!
    But more importantly, your tribute to triumph in beating a disease is so noteworthy! Your friend sounds like a true warrior!!!

    • Terri, you make me blush. You’re considerate and very generous. I’m happy you like the post because it means a lot to me. We tend to think that things happen elsewhere but not to our family and friends; once this disease shows up at our doorsteps like a hurricane, it turns our perspectives upside down; changing our life paths. I write straight from the center of this hurricane in my heart, and because you are a very sensitive person, you can see it. Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration.

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