Why Imagination—Not Resilience—Might Help You Heal From Heartbreak - Mindful
An alternative to resilience is a mysterious, unknown potential towards a future that yet unseen, but can be imagined.
Hardships can be dealt with imagination, curiosity, openness and adaptability towards the expansive potential of a new future.
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