the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Resilience is a quality that continues to inspire me. The ability to get knocked down and come back stronger than ever. The ability to rise from the ashes, so to speak. This quality is a result of a strong mental toughness. A decision that you make to never give up.
When I was born, one would have thought by all observations, that I was born into many gifted opportunities. Adopted from a young teenage mother with two other children and a father who had just lost his life in an automobile accident, I was given a chance to live a beautiful life as the daughter of a young married couple who had high aspirations and a strong desire to begin a family, but were unable to do so on their own. I went to the best schools, grew up in the best homes and neighborhoods, had the best of all my needs met and then some. Unfortunately, a failed business venture, alcoholism and internal demons took all that away and turned upper class circles into loss and shame. No more homes, no more friends, no more security....and at too young of an age to really be able to do anything to get away from it. But I did.
Resilience played a role in my attitude on life. After all what choices do you have? Lie down and accept what is given to you or go out and get what you desire. Because you are what you believe you are. You achieve what you believe you are capable of achieving. Its all a mind set.
I recently was inspired by a beautiful story of resilience by Amy Sherald. She is the Baltimore, MD based artist who, at 44 years of age, was commissioned to paint the portrait of former first lady Michelle Obama. What amazed me was that this woman almost gave up painting. After years and years of hard work and dedication to her talent, she put away her brushes for three years to care for her family in Georgia. Then, in 2012, she collapsed and underwent a heart transplant that meant she needed another year to recuperate. She never gave up, though on her self and continued to position herself to be seen and recognized for her extraordinary work and attitude towards life.
There a million more inspiring stories of women and men who have gone on to overcome great adversities; who's fire inside burned brighter than the fire that surrounded them. My dream for you is that you know you can do it too.
What toughness do you possess? Your story can save someone, make a difference, change a life.