Day of Sisu is a global happening on February 28th to recognize and celebrate the strength that resides within each one of us. It was organized for the first time last year by my friend and colleague, Emilia Lahti, of SISU Lab. The inaugural events in 2015 included a book release in Helsinki, official proclamations, and local gatherings all over the world, including a sisu story circle I organized in Los Angeles (see below)!
While we are fragile enough to be knocked down by something as small as a microbe, we also possess enormous strength to overcome seemingly impossible situations. What keeps coming up in my data is that even though the potential of ‘sisu’ is something within the individual, it is often best unlocked through the social dimension: with help from our friends. We hold great power to help each other remain resilient and hold on when things get tough.
For me, I'm using today as a moment to quietly reflect on how sisu has impacted my life over the past two years. This strange word has guided my artistic work, taken me into incredible sisu filled communities, and impacted my life on a daily basis. The video below is intended to introduce you to some of the incredible people I have met because of SISU is in the Heart. I find a great deal of strengthen knowing that I am not alone on this journey we call life -- and the reminder that the the only way to make it is to just keep going!
5:00 - 6:00pm is the #HourofSISU (your local time). Whether you go out and gather with friends or spend today day in quiet reflection like myself, you are encouraged to do one thing that will benefit you, but that you have been putting off. It may be something that makes you feel uneasy or requires effort but which will help you push your boundaries in a healthy, constructive way. The goal is to turn these boundaries (e.g. fear, uncertainty, complacency or desire for comfort) into frontiers. Sisu Day is here to give you that nudge, support you and help you support yourself.
Share your stories using #HourofSISU, #SISU2016, and learn more about the international sisu community by visiting: www.sisulab.com or http://facebook.com/inspiresisu
With lots of sisu love,