When life is at its hardest, our ability to make sense of our situation is the difference between giving up and finding a way to keep going.

Our words and intentions, and the way we relate our current difficulties to the experiences of those who have gone before us are all part of this process of making sense.  And this process of making sense ultimately leads to resilience.

It leads to an ability to work with adversity in such a way that we come through it unharmed… or even better for the experience.

It means we face life’s difficulties with courage.  With patience.  And we refuse to give up.

Resilience requires tenacity of spirit.  And a determination to embrace the positive, and find the joy, even in the face of overwhelming odds.

When we have a clear intention, and a strong sense of identity and purpose, then we become more resilient.


In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life. 
Albert Bandura