1. Hi Christie,
    I love the concept of resilience. It’s not given enough attention, in my opinion, but is so crititcal for us to adapt to the challenges of living. When I was teaching we spent a lot of time talking about how to build resilience in students. How to bounce back from disappointments and turn failures into learning experiences without our selves taking a “ding.”
    A list of your successes and the attributes that helped you succeed gives you a “tool box” to recognize that you have what it takes to face difficulty and come through on the other side.

    • That’s great that you spent time teaching children resilience, Nancy. I wish more teachers and schools would do that. Of course, as parents and grandparents, we should take responsibility for that as well. No one gets through this life unscathed. We all need resilience.

  2. Excited to see what you have in store for us as we talk about resilience. I think I am pretty resilient and able to find a way around situations or solutions to problems but they are not always the wisest ways to handle things. Like bourbon. Just kidding, but sometimes I wind up making a worse mess by applying a temporary fix to a problem.

    You asked if we have taken anything away from or employed any of your advice/suggestions. YES! May I say that I think of you every night that I can’t sleep. Last night, for example…I tossed and turned for over an hour from 3:00-4:00 am. Thinking, worrying, trying to get comfortable, calculating how much time I had to sleep before morning if I could fall asleep in the next five minutes. And then I began your breathing exercise. And next thing I knew, the alarm was buzzing at 5:45 am. Gracias!!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Leslie. Your specific example of how something I said helped you, made my day. We’ve only been friends for a short time, but I definitely consider you to be a resilient person and someone I can turn to for support, which helps me to be more resilient. Thank you! Thank you!

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