Passionate Colors Newsletter ~  #23 ~ Resilience Resilience Factor

“"All of us get knocked down, but it's resiliency that really matters. All of us do well when things are going well, but the thing that distinguishes athletes is the ability to do well in times of great stress, urgency, and pressure.” ~ Roger Staubach

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Think of someone like the Heisman Trophy Winning quarterback and Vietnam vet Roger Staubachstrong, confident, and in control no matter what problems he may face. He’s a hero who displays perseverance and guts in the face of problems.

That’s resiliency. That’s the inner strength that allows us to cope and survive, to transform a stressful situation into a challenge for success.

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." ~ Maya Angelou

Poet Maya Angelou was raped at eight by her mother’s boyfriend and turned inwards for seven years, refusing to speak. It was during this time that she discovered the beauty of poetry. Her experiences were the foundation for the remarkable book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). Her strength and resiliency are symbols of courage and an inspiration for anyone who must face and overcome a challenge.

"Ask for what you want," she proposed. "And be prepared to get it."

“Clear your mind of can't." ~ Samuel Johnson

The art of resilience is created with confidence, with the knowledge that there are no “can’ts” in life. Confidence is the will to face things with passionate self-assurance. I can do it! I can change it! I’m on it!

“Believe in yourself,” said beautiful model Kate Moss. “That’s the important thing."

"Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence." ~ Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla (1920-2005) in Poland. The pontiff spoke eight languages and had been a poet, playwright, and actor. He had survived a serious assassination attempt in 1981 and had been plagued with illness, including Parkinson’s disease, a progressive paralysis. Still, he continued to travel the world to help others.

"The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it," said Pope John Paul, who wass a beacon of spirit and courage, faith and unending resiliency.

"The soul gives us resilience -- an essential quality since we constantly have to rebound from hardship.” ~ Wynton Marsalis

We can’t always control what happens in our lives, but we can control our thoughts and actions...

LifeStand firm and tap your inner resiliency...