In 1972 our dear sixteen-year-old daughter, Kelly, ran away from home and joined Satan’s Choice biker gang. Kelly was not only a youth at risk, she also acted out on many bizarre and life-threatening behaviors. She acquired forty convictions, many physical wounds, and three children fathered by drug dealers.
My hip, compassionate and inspiring friend, Troy Payne is an author, musician and speaker. As you read, you will see he is a stellar role model of resilience. Yes, that is Troy with me at a Canadian Association of Professional Speakers meeting. Wow! I felt special with his arm around me.
Many of us have moved from saying “Woe is me” to “WOW! I survived and I am even thriving.” We could ask ourselves, “Where did my resiliency develop? And if it did not develop in childhood, when did it develop?” If you do not identify yourself as resilient, you may not recognize your capacity to handle strain and stress or perhaps you need to strengthen it.