It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 26, Book 09

re·sil·ience Pronunciation: ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s noun
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

Resilience means being able to adapt to life's misfortunes and setbacks

Resilience is the ability to roll with the punches. It means that although you encounter stress, adversity, trauma or tragedy, you keep functioning, both psychologically and physically

Resilience helps protect you against mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.


Get connected. Build strong, positive relationships with family and friends

Find meaning. Develop a sense of purpose for your life. Having something meaningful to focus on can help you

Start laughing. Finding humor in stressful situations doesn't mean you're in denial. Humor is a helpful coping mechanism

Accept and anticipate change. Expecting changes to occur makes it easier to adapt to them, tolerate them and even welcome them

Work toward a goal. Do something every day that gives you a sense of accomplishment


I've notice a common connection that most have used in qualities to pursue when striving to persevere and that is LAUGHING. Who would have that it would be so popular, yet it is something we all do not do enough of.

Being resilient is the ability to bounce back from the things that are difficult in our life. After we've persevered and seen a task though. When we've given our strength and abilities to something that is difficult. I've seen it done time and again. People never cease to amaze me. I sometimes even amaze myself. We think we'll never be able to do something and then sure enough it is done and we survived it all!

I read an article about how resilient a blade of grass is. It is cut off in it's prime and what does it do, it just keeps on growing. Magically it converts carbon dioxide from the air into food to make more leaves and more seeds. It is so resilient it can even be found growing in the cracks of concrete walks.

We can be just like that blade of grass. We often get cut down, yet we dust ourselves off and start all over again. We can and WILL keep on growing.


It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body... the heart

Author Unknown

'On Ya'-ma


Hollie said...

Our grass has just shown out this summer. We are cutting about twice a week. I guess it's all the rain we have had this time. I'm sending you a big smile this morning :0)

Scrappy quilter said...

Friend, I think you need to write a book once you've retired. Your words are always an inspiration and such an encouragement. Hope you have a wonderful day. Hugs

betty said...

loved the info about resilence and your thoughts on it, Ma. I always admire those that can persevere and continue on despite what odds, and usually those are the ones with the cheerful attitude and the biggest smile (like you :)


Sybil said...

I do so agree with you about resilence..It can be hard sometimes but if we try hard enough I am sure we can carry on.
Much Love Sybil x

Joyful Days said...

What a good word to ponder on!! Thanks!