Everyone experiences highs and lows in life, just like an EKG. Today, ACC welcome Lynette Bloise a professor from the University of Massachusetts to talk about the highs and lows of our lives and how we can carry on throughout. If our life doesn’t have the highs and lows like an EKG we are essentially dead, is how Lynette likes to put it.
Lynette Bloise moved to the United States in 1984 from Puerto Rico and has had her fair share of hardships. She shared her life experiences with the group that we had at our weekly Wednesday incubator meetings, and many people could relate to the “up and down” type of lifestyle she was talking about.
Lynette believes that we all are on this earth equally, but that we all have a different journey and a different heart that leads us down different paths. She believes we are all equal because “Nobody comes out of life alive”. She shared the story of Viktor Frankl who was in a concentration camp in 1942 and was there for three years. Most of his family, including his pregnant wife, perished in the camps, but the managed to survive. Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning. He saw that those who found meaning even in the most horrendous circumstances were far more resilient to suffering than those who did not.
Lynette then read a quote from a philosopher that said, “He who has a why to live can bear almost anyhow”. This means that if you have something to live for, you can do anything you put your mind to. We went around the room and people shared their own ‘why’ in life and the examples ranged from grandkids and great grandkids to education and music or nature.
Lynette truly believes that kindness has a ripple effect. She said, “If I touch one life, then that one person is going to touch five more, it’s a ripple effect like in the ocean.”