Day 51! Resilience

“That’s what happens in our hearts. The holes do not disappear, but scar tissue grows and becomes part of who we are. The same takes place in nature. As the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi observed, ‘There are no straight lines or sharp corners in nature.’ The most stable structures in nature— like trees or spiderwebs— have angular and curved lines. As our hearts grow larger, and we learn that scar tissue is not so ugly after all, we accommodate what we had thought would be unendurable. And we realize that the wisdom we have gained would not have been possible without the losses we have known, even those that seemed impossible to bear.”  – Daniel Gottlieb

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Here I am, over halfway thorough the 100 days.

I have slipped a bit in some areas & gone beyond my expectations in others.

I am learning to appreciate the enormous value in bouncing back. RESILIENCE.  I firmly believe that our “resiliency muscles” require regular training in order to perform well.

I have been a major weakling in the Resiliency Department for much of my life.  If you (or life) knocked me down, I’d be DOWN. For a good long while.  With no muscle memory to draw on as an adult, I have pretty much been starting from scratch here. I’m sore!!  🙂

This past week has given me some jolts (both literally and figuratively) which have served to remind me of the importance of not slacking on my resiliency training.

A few “normal life stressors” paired with some “major life stressors” have made for a discombobulated week. I’ve let those pesky buggers knock me off course with both my nutrition and my running…not a lot, but enough to throw me.

It’s time to flex my resiliency muscles.

I saw my old self in someone this week, causing me to pause and reflect on the absolute fragility of life.  I witness this individual reclaiming her health and fighting The Hard Fight.  I see the bravery of a lost soul reaching out and asking for help….and the cascade of love she receives as a result of her courage. I see that all we really want to do in this life is to be of service to others.

Some lessons from my week….

be brave. forgive. pay attention. share your story. never give up. 

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