Wednesday Wisdom: Resilience

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As humans, we love to compare ourselves. We see such a breadth of differing cultures, personalities, perspectives, and combos of charachteristics that we seem desperate to label as “strong” or “weak.” What makes someone weak? Is it their actions and decisions, their personality, or how they look at the world and their place in it? On the flip side, what makes someone strong?

Personally, I disagree with the desire to toss my peers in a box with some label in order for the world to make more sense. I think, in some ways, we’re all strong. The fact that we all make it through each day, regardless of the rough patches, indicates some general degree of strength it takes just to exist in modern society. I think that we all have strong moments, and weak moments; we all make some decisions out of love and resilience and others out of fear.

This whole thought process got me thinking – what is the most important quality that makes people strong? Or what is it that makes people in general strong? For that, my friends, I immediately came up with one answer: resilience.

f12cd0d9759b1546e6037839853ccda2Whether we live lives out of love or fear isn’t dependent on luck, money, or circumstance. This world is pretty crazy, and anything can happen; the wealthiest person can lose everything with a few bad investments or just bad luck. The luckiest man can find himself one day on his knees without it.

Resilience is the ability to just deal with whatever crazy shit is going on in your life. It’s the ability to mak something out of nothing, push through the bullshit. The ability to love through the hurt, forgive through the anger, and thrive in your darkest hour. Resilience is finding success through the failure.

Resilience is a gift. It’s in all of us, whether we realize it or not. Time heals all, right? Yes, but it’s actually the resilience within ourselves that is able to heal over time. No matter how tough life can get, we always make it through. There’s always another day.

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