Gilbert Tuhabonye and his story of survival and healing can inspire you to make the most out of your day and life.
In the last post about ‘anchoring’, I mentioned that I did not think that it mattered what the anchor is, as long as you have one.
I happened to notice this article on Brain Pickings which describes this runner’s process of how running enabled him to survive the genocide in Burundi and how running helped him find joy and healing.
It is an amazing story.
Make sure to watch his fascinating talk below with many great thoughts on movement, for play, to escape genocide and for joy.
It inspired me so much, I am going to go swimming now!
Gilbert Tuhabonye on Genocide, Running and Forgiveness
by Maria Popova
What the human capacity for evil has to do with the divine gift of joy.
Our friends at TEDxAustin host one of the best-produced, most thoughtfully curated TEDx events in the world.
(Their opening sequence alone speaks volumes.)
Nowhere does this excellence shine more powerfully than in this deeply moving talk by world-class runner Gilbert Tuhabonye — a candid and raw personal account of finding grace and refuge in the face of great tragedy, recalling how running not only enabled him to survive the horrific Burundi genocide, but also to find true joy and healing.
From atrocity to aspiration, Tuhabonye’s talk embodies the most remarkable capacities of a human being — resilience, humility and, above all, forgiveness.
What makes the talk most extraordinary though is that, on the surface, it appears to use the kind of language we’ve come to associate with self-help cliches and contrived motivation-speak — except those were Gilbert’s grippingly real lived experiences, and these are the simple, powerful insights that allowed him to live through them, past them, and with them: The crisp truth in the tired truisms.
Forgiveness has allowed me to move forward.
Forgiveness has allowed me to find joy.
It was very hard, I had to find running. Running is my therapy, it’s my freedom.
It grounds me.
It makes me happy.
It is the vehicle for all other blessings that have come my way.” ~ Gilbert Tuhabonye
Tuhabonye tells his remarkable story in This Voice in My Heart: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Escape, Faith, and Forgiveness — an eloquent and poignant autobiography that blends the gruesome detail of an eyewitness account with the transformative, uplifting power of forgiveness.
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Before today, had you ever heard of Gilbert Tuhabonye?
Do you have a story of survival that you can share?
How did you overcome your challenges, what kept you going?
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