Meg’s Thoughts on Resilience
Resilience is a topic that both fascinates and puzzles. I mean, why is it that some people come back stronger than ever after tremendous hardship while others, who are blessed with love, support and promise, struggle to cope? If only resilience were something you could put in a bottle and take a swig of during life’s difficult moments.
“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”
― Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)
I think of resilience as the ability to bounce back from challenge and adversity. It is what I consider to be one of life’s building blocks. The Swiss Army Knife of character traits.
I believe resilience, above all, determines who will succeed in life – more than education, experience, or training. And while I am sure that some people are born with the resilience gene, I firmly believe that resilience is a skill that we can build up and bolster.
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When it comes to personal resilience, I think of Alvin Law. Alvin was born without arms as a result of his mother taking thalidomide during pregnancy. In his words…
“The best thing that ever happened to me is being born without arms. It brought me to circumstances never thought possible.”
He learned to use his feet for hands, became an award-winning musician, has worked in advertising, PR, broadcasting, and helped raise millions for charity to which I say ‘WOW!’ no wonder he also thrives as a highly successful motivational speaker.
Alvin demonstrates the incredible power that our own beliefs and attitudes hold in helping us overcome obstacles and re-write our own narrative.
We can all be grateful for the people we know who inspire us to shift our perspective, breath deep, and bounce back when life dares us to complain.
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Check Out Meg’s Videos on Resilience
Want to learn more about how you can become more resilient? Sit back and watch the Building Resilience series, where Meg teaches you how to foster resilience within yourself and face life’s challenges head-on.