Originally posted on Second Chance to Live on Feb. 4, 2008
Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am glad you decided to stop by and visit with me. You are always welcome at my table. During the past week, I was asked to write a post on the topic of resilience. Consequently, I spent some time reflecting upon the indelible nature of resilience. Resilience provides the provision to press on, regardless of discouragement, disappointment or disillusionment. Resilience determines to believe that a positive solution exists. Resilience chooses to frame life’s experiences in a positive manner. Resilience empowers focus in the midst of distraction and negativity.
I have not failed 700. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.
Resilience encourages me to not give up on my process because I know that I am learning. Resilience reminds me that with all learning there is a learning curve. Resilience gives me the permission to learn at my own rate. Resilience reminds me that life is not a sprint. Resilience helps me to trust that I will learn the lesson. Resilience motivates me to look for opportunities to learn, rather than be defeated by what I do not understand. Resilience encourages me to keep moving, when giving up may seem to be a viable option. Resilience emboldens me to believe that good will come from what may not makes sense to me.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed-door that we do not see the one, which has been opened for us.
Resilience strengthens my capacity to be tenacious and persistent. Resilience prepares me to take advantage of fresh possibilities. Resilience motivates me to accept my reality, even though I may have people in my life who want me to live in their denial system. Resilience encourages me to celebrate life even when I scrape my knees through living. Resilience reminds me that I am not a victim of my circumstances, because I have the power to choose. Resilience motivates, encourages and empowers my process because I know that more will be revealed with time. Resilience motivates trust, because I know that I have a future and a hope.
Above are some of the characteristics of resilience from my perspective. I would encourage you to sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and list ways in which being resilient could benefit you. You may like to discuss your list with another person and gain their perspective of resilience. If you would like to share your ideas with me, please do so through a comment. I want to learn from you too my friend.
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