Resilience matters


I believe man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides. The true test of an individual’s strength is how much of a transparent life one leads and not needing two, three or four faces to wear.
As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends and ardent enemies, for the former to instruct him and the latter to take him to task. Unfortunately, one can’t argue with slaves who don’t even acknowledge their shackles. The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

In that sense, human intelligence is profoundly impressive, yet human habits seldom adequately nourish it. Those with discerning voices are judged to be enemies before the essence of what is being said is tested. If the truth makes you uncomfortable, don’t blame the truth… blame the lie that made you comfortable. Let’s bow to the fact that one is better placed facing the misfortune of being wise than the prosperity of the fool.
Our interconnectedness is unmistakable and we need to acknowledge that we are all the leaves of one tree. We are all the waves of one sea, yet our differences seem to be growing by the width of the earth’s circumference. We don’t trust, we don’t engage unless there is a personal gain and worse still, we usurp thinking we are the privileged ones.  It bears thinking that the very same path that Moses passed through made the Pharaoh drown. It’s not about having faith in the path but having faith in the one who created the path.
So, when things are not going the way you anticipate, replace “why is this happening to me thought” by asking “What is this trying to teach me?” and you will see a tremendous shift in your faith. Unfortunately for us, mere humans, God’s door is a Plan B to Plan Z, when all we need is a Plan A with God at the helm. Strength of character is built on a foundation filled with faith, hope and resilience.
Every time I witness a strong person, I want to know: What darkness did you conquer in your story just as mountains rose with earthquakes? Power is not expressed by aggression; it is visible in silent determination.

I too have self-doubt. I too have insecurities. I too have a fear of failure. Eventually, we all have self-doubt. You do not deny it, but you do not capitulate to it. You embrace it, after all the strongest characteristic of genius is – the power to light one’s fire.
Fall, but never let rising be an option – but a certainty!
Resilience matters. You matter!

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