The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun
~Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

The past twelve months has been about profound inner growth for me. It began with my husband’s loss of employment. Soon thereafter, I took on a second job to supplement the loss of income, finding myself working 70 plus hours a week. It was physically tiring, but I didn’t hesitate to do whatever needed to be done for the betterment of the whole: my family. It is easy to fall into the clutches of pity, complaining and whining, but I didn’t. I freely chose to heed the guidance from the Source within, do what I could within my power, and allow the Soul to rejuvenate its human host (my mind and body). And here I am, today.

"Oak Tree", Graham Vasey Photography Copyright © 2010

Just when I think I can do no more, I do … I tread forward through the challenges and arrive at the other side with a remarkable reverence for human and spiritual resiliency. I am neither better than, nor less than, any other human being … nor are our situations, as there is always something to learn from, change from, and grow from. My treading is not always smooth or graceful, as there are times I trip and fall among the bends and kinks, but I do so facing forward.

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 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.

Resilience is a Divine gifted strength to accompany us along our journey here on Earth. May you embrace your beautiful resiliency and smile for the perfectly imperfect journey that has brought you to where you are today!

Food For Thought:

People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.~Charles Swindoll

Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you…yet, someone survived…You can do anything you choose to do.~Maya Angelou

There is a saying that Heaven is internal, Humanity external and Virtue comes from the Heavenly. Know Heaven and Humanity’s actions, root yourself in Heaven and follow Virture. Then you can bend, stretch, rush forward or hold back, because you will always return to the core and it will be said you have achieved the supreme.~Chuang Tzu

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