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Resilience in Tough Times

ย โ€œNo matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.โ€
โ€• Greg Kincaid

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. Billy Ocean

Resilience and endurance are amazing qualities.

I love quotes and I find that they give me strength. These quotes are indeed helping me at this time in history.

I was thinking back today to a time when I met someone who shared with me how much they loved and embraced change. Until that moment, I had never seen change as something to embrace. The comments from this gentlemen were instrumental in helping me to see change in a whole different way.

It was even more profound coming from this person, because he has just experienced something very horrific. I remember thinking that if he could embrace change, then anyone could and I flipped my switch in that very moment.

Now, I am more of an adapter in my life. I accept ‘what is’ and I keep my focus and excitement on where I am headed. I totally understand that, for myself, looking at what was or what I had is futile. It’s all about what I have to work with NOW and how I will use that to create my new reality. My new and bright future. ๐Ÿ’ฅ

I guess this is my definition of resilience.

I will close my blog today and I hope you are able to find resilience in your life at this time. Keep your thoughts focused on the positive and the hopeful side. We always, always, have a choice as to where we turn our attention. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay strong everyone and I send you much LOVE~

Maggie

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We Are Strong & Adaptable

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โ€• Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

Let us always remember that we are stronger than we realize. Challenging times can also challenge us to rethink, to regroup and to adapt to what is currently happening and to the changes that we are experiencing.

We need to be like bamboo and be flexible in our thinking and in our resilience.

I have written about this in the past in my blog post titled “Be Like Bamboo”. Here is the link if you would like to enJOY that post. https://maggieholbik.blog/2017/06/14/be-like-bamboo/

I myself, just reread it, and it seems bang on for the times that we are in right now.

Take care everyone and stay strong but remember to be like bamboo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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On Laughther, Life, and The Human Spirit’s Ability to Prevail

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Today I went for lunch with a long time friend of mine, Marj, and although we donโ€™t see each other often, it is always an instant and heartfelt connection when we do.

Today, was a delightful lunch and we laughed very hard throughout the lunch.  In fact, we laughed several times until the point of tears. We talked about funny memories that we had from a place we both worked at in the past, we talked about sickness, life, and even death.

After I left my lunch, I realized how good it was seeing my good friend and it was extra good because we laughed so hard. It was one of those lunches where you were really glad that you had the experience. When I got into my car, I thought to myself, that I was going to let my friend know how much I enjoyed it when it hit meโ€ฆ..

Wow, here was my friend who has just lost her husband a few short months ago and who also JUST found out that she has breast cancer and here we were laughing and laughing and I was leaving there feeling uplifted? How could this be? In was then that I realized how amazing my friend is and how resilient the human spirit is.

To my friend, you are amazing and you inspire me with your strength, kindness, compassion, joy for life, wisdom, and your amazing resilience to triumph and blaze through some of the most difficult challenges of life. I am sure we could all agree that in life, itโ€™s not a matter of ‘if we will go through hardships’, but when and you my friend have risen to the occasion. I know that you have felt deep pain and loss, and that you are probably scared,  but to see you able to laugh and carry on is a gift to me and the world.

Keep being you. I love you my friend!