In the picture above my daughter, Ruchi is dressed up as Kali for Halloween. Kali is one of the ten great goddesses of Hinduism. She is the destroyer of evil forces. Ruchi, adopted 8 years ago at the age of eight, is today digging deep into Hindu mythology. Her choice of a Halloween costume reflects that journey.

In Ruchi’s online story about her identity, she writes about her life on the streets of India and in the orphanage:

“During that time I became someone who didn’t see hope or light in my life anymore. My spirit was always strong though, and nothing could extinguish it. I would hear the auntie/caretaker tell tales about gods and goddesses in Hinduism… I was so in love with all the tales that were told…. When I heard those tales and felt so proud of my culture, my spirit blazed bigger and farther inside me. A glimmer of hope came back.”

We all have places where we go to find our spirit when times are hard. These resources sustain us and as a result, become part of our identity.

How can you dig deep in the week ahead to find the resources that will help you to tackle your biggest challenges?


“Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.”
Reinhold Niebuhr