Part 1 — Resilience

Before I begin,

I want to share something I shared a few minutes ago with my mailing list. The subscribers who have access to my “email-only blog” have just received my ‘love-letter’ -aka- a chic dose of my self-love reminder!

I’ll copy paste the email as it for now, for you all.

Here it goes —–

Hello lovely,

I recently read a quote by Phil Wohl that hit me like a ton of bricks and I just had to share it with you: “Reinvention is the purest form of hope.”

Damn.

I have reinvented my mindset, my perspective, my habits, my thoughts, and my actions so many times. And I’m still doing it. And every single time there is a deep, underlying feeling of hope sparking that change. A desire to do more, be more, and fulfill my greatest potential as a human being.
I felt compelled to reach out today to encourage you to stay hopeful. To stay open to reinventing yourself. To stay wide-eyed and interested in life. To be fully alive is the greatest gift in the world.
I know life can become demanding, overwhelming, and sometimes downright depressing. But we’ve got to remember that we have the power to shift. In any moment we choose.

So chase every single curiosity and follow every single obsession. You never know where they will lead you. If you’re lucky, they’ll bring you closer to a life filled with hope. 

Don’t allow yourself to become seduced by mediocrity. Believe that there is more for you – because there is.

With love and hope,

Aishwarya <3

I hope you liked it as much as I loved writing it for you. These short messages come straight from my heart into your inbox.

If you liked the above message, I highly encourage you to subscribe to the mailing list. I’ll provide the link below —–


Now, coming back to our topic —- RESILIENCE. As promised in my last blog-post, I am creating a 5-part blog over the next couple of days about my learning these past few days during my absenteeism.


When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. (A Phoenix comes to mind. The mythical ever powerful creature.)

One way to understand the development of resilience is to visualize a balance scale or seesaw. Protective experiences and coping skills on one side counterbalance significant adversity on the other.

Resilience is not something you’re born with. It develops over time by learning, adapting and observing our surroundings. It involves a deep sense of self-understanding and acceptance of flaws.

“We never know how strong we are untill being strong is the only choice we have….”

It’s human nature to resist change. Resilience is knowing that change is inevitable and developing the trait of resilience helps us not only survive change, but also learn, grow, and thrive in it.

Four basic ingredients to resilience:

  1. Awareness – noticing what is going on around you and inside your head;
  2. Thinking – being able to interpret the events that are going on in a rational way;
  3. Reaching out – how we call upon others to help us meet the challenges that we face, because resilience is also about knowing when to ask for help; and
  4. Fitness – our mental and physical ability to cope with the challenges without becoming ill.

It sounds all fun and games to ears, but the real challenge is when we have to fight our battles and face the twists and turns down the road – all alone.

Yes. You are alone and you’re your only savior.

Write it down somewhere or memorize it till your mind speaks it back to you. Nobody can save you but yourself.

All those motivational blogs, videos, books and people we admire sure help us keep on track. The real truth is – they won’t help you achieve anything until and unless you take the first step. You have to work, strive for the changes you want in life.

“Someone said adversity builds character, but someone else said adversity reveals character. I’m pleasantly surprised with my resilience. I persevere, and not just blindly. I take the best, get rid of the rest, and move on, realizing that you can make a choice to take the good.” – Brooke Shields

Not long ago, I pulled in straight 3 nights without sleep to complete an assignment. I never knew a lousy sound sleeper like me would even dare to do something like this before. If someone would’ve told me this even 2 years ago, I would’ve called them crazy and had a laugh. The reason I was able to pull myself into doing that task was because I was under pressure and working on a deadline.

I’m telling you this story just to bring out the fact that we normally tend to work and give in our 100% when trying to prove something – to us, colleagues or society or what you want to call it.

Resilience already resides within us. The need is to discover its power and put it to good use.

Realization. Better late than never.

You have it in you. Yes, you do.

Learn to be patient with yourself. Good things take time.


Feel free to ask any follow-up questions or share your ideas in the comment section below. Alternately, I’d really appreciate for you to share this content on your social media platform if you found it useful so that others can benefit from it too. If you have any doubts or want a personal clarification, send me an email on eclipsedwords@gmail.com. For more inspiration, fun, and smiles, follow me on Instagram


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—–Have Hope. Keep Faith—–


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8 thoughts on “Part 1 — Resilience

  1. This is the most delicious part of your article! Your mindset is exactly how I published my first book…a double dare from a friend who asked me to write about what I thought of while I ran distance miles. Thank you for writing with topics that are beyond surface chatter! With support, Christina

    So chase every single curiosity and follow every single obsession. You never know where they will lead you. If you’re lucky, they’ll bring you closer to a life filled with hope.

    Don’t allow yourself to become seduced by mediocrity. Believe that there is more for you – because there is.

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