Posted by: Susan Hendrich | May 1, 2012

Are You Resilient?

Cast light every day…

Everything can be taken from a man or woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  – Victor E. Frankl

re·sil·ience

noun \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\

  1. the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
  2. an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

Throughout my adult life, for various reasons, I have been told that I am resilient. But my story isn’t relevant today. Oh, believe me, I’d like for you to know all the joys and challenges, triumphs and struggles I’ve experienced. But when I’m practicing resilience, sometimes that means casting aside wounds, wonders, worries and woes in order to allow the simplicity of a message to shine through. So in the spirit of simplicity, all I will say right now about my discovery of the power of resilience is that I believe it is important to cast light, every day.

Cast your light

By shining our inner light outward toward the world, we brighten all that we see. So if you are reading this, it is because you were willing to let this light be cast upon you for a moment.

Your turn…

How will you cast your light? Post a comment here to share how you will demonstrate your resilience today.

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  1. Reblogged this on IdeaRiver and commented:
    Really enjoyed this. We humans do have an outstanding power to recover from misfortune or change. Godspeed.

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  2. Shine on!

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  3. So needed to read this right at this moment. When the student is ready… Thanks!

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  4. Wonderful “coincidence” (I think not!) that just as I am working on something about resilience, this wonderful definition of resilience appears in front of my very eyes.

    Working actively on promoting my own resilience to a particular emotion that blocks so much that is good in my life.

    What will I do today? Keep the promises I made to myself yesterday about following through on some vulnerability-embracing actions. When there’s something visible to show for it, I’ll share it!

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