A friend sent me a card this week.
Inside, she wrote in big letters, "YOU ARE RESILIENT!"
I know the word, but looked it up anyway:
1. (of a substance or object) Able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed.2. (of a person or animal) Able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
Resilience is the ability to work with adversity in such a way that one comes through it unharmed or even better for the experience. Resilience means facing life’s difficulties with courage and patience – refusing to give up. It is the quality of character that allows a person or group of people to rebound from misfortune, hardships and traumas.
Resilience is rooted in a tenacity of spirit—a determination to embrace all that makes life worth living even in the face of overwhelming odds. When we have a clear sense of identity and purpose, we are more resilient, because we can hold fast to our vision of a better future.
Much of our resilience comes from community—from the relationships that allow us to lean on each other for support when we need it.
You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.~Henri Frederic Amiel