If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
So many people reference survivors and how strong they must be. Yet strength is only part of it. An ability to be mindful, to dance with the full circle of emotions that arise from adversity, to process feelings of discomfort, to lean on another for support and to deeply attune with your own inner-truths are the qualities that make you resilient. In this you can do more than just survive. You can thrive.
When you awake, take a moment to quietly experience the space. Open your minds’ eye with the curiosity of a child to see what is available to you. Take in your potential. It’s okay to spend a moment reflecting on the past – its successes and its struggles. Just don’t spend too long in that moment. Placing boundaries around the fear and sadness will keep you from falling down too low to be able to pick yourself back up. Find something process-oriented to keep your mind and body moving. Remember that the process is often more important than the result.
Resilience doesn’t emerge from naiveté. It’s not about seeing the glass half empty or half full – it’s about seeing the glass and discovering creative ways to use it. Positivity is okay – yet also welcome the strengthening wisdom that washes over you through adversity.
While it’s crucial not to be arrogant, there is a fine balance between humility and invisibility. At some point you will have a solution or a gift that others want and need. Align yourself with those who will listen – communicate and captivate them. Be strong in your convictions, quiet in your judgments and calm with your confidence. Stand in your success ONLY if you can also support others in theirs.
Awareness, acceptance, intention and implementation are pillars on which you can create balance and resilience in your life. Stay aware of the ebb and flow of trends, for they will surely be dynamic in your lifetime. Maintain an active awareness regarding your strengths and your weaknesses. Learn to accept limitations with the intention of moving the parts of yourself forward that reap the fullest rewards. Strategize and then act on your ideas.
Remember that rewards and success are not one in the same. You can engage with your inner-truth based on your expectations, values and vision – or respond to what others define as these measures for you.
Understand that you are part of a greater whole and that your actions never occur in a silo. They have ripple effects. With an honorable, realistic and authentic purpose you can make an impact. Be empathetic. Strive to stand in other people’s experiences, even if for a moment, before casting any decision on the merits of their behaviors.
Understand that you are unique and worthy. Often people forget why they chose a path, for instance their career or their life partners. And in this forgetting their movement becomes stagnant. That does NOT need to be you. Always know your WHY. It’s at the center of life’s wheel. With its spokes sprouting out further as the world grows smaller, it is paramount that you find balance among hopes, disappointments, tragedy and triumphs – the concrete and the ephemeral. You can do more than survive. You can thrive.