There are lots of resilience materials out there to help you along on your way. This compilation is just a sampling to get you started and to provide you a motivational boost whenever you have a few minutes. These are in no particular order, we find them all inspirational and we trust you'll find them helpful for this particular point in your journey.
"With the magnitude of suffering at play on the planet right now, we are in desperate need of folks with the werewithal and who have the courage to be present. From that place of presence, we know that it is possible to metabolize whatever arises in life. The waves of life which will continue to present to us what they present -- there's a way to metabolize that and integrate it so that over time, you find that it contributes to your awakening."
"How do you deal with a mistake? How are you connected to others? Why is it important to help and have empathy? These seemingly ordinary problems make the difference."
"They belived that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful. They didn't talk about vulnerability being comfortable, nor did they talk about it being excruciating, as I'd heard in the shame interviewing; they just talked about it being necessary. They talked about the willingness to say 'I love you' first. The willingness to do something where there are no guaranteees. The willingness to breathe through waiting for the doctor to call after your mammogram. The willingness to invest in a relationship that may or may not work out. They thought this was fundamental.
I personally thought it was betrayal. I'd pledged allegiance to research, which controls and predicts. And now my mission to control to predict had turned up the answer that the way to live was with vulnerability, and to stop controlling and predicting. This led to a little breakdown...!"
"The field of human services is embarking on a new approach called trauma-informed care. In its most basic, simple way, it is a shift in the basic questions that we ask -- a shift away from the question "What's wrong with you?" to the question of "What happened to you?' and more importantly, "How does that continue to live on in your life and impact how you function today?" So a trauma-informed approach would seem to call for greater sensitivity and a deepening of understanding. And therein is the paradox. Because, quite frankly, as a society we've been somewhat reluctant to come to terms with what trauma means."
"All of my worst fears had happened. Even fears I didn't know I had -- happened. And with each misfortune, I felt myself falling deeper into a hole when in fact, I was clawing my way out.
You can't get rid of fear. But it can be a really good supporting player. But not the star of your life. Resilience resides in retrospection; a cousin of Regret. What would you be rid of? What would set your spirit free? For me, resilience wasn't in the fight. It was in the surrender."
"I want to look at our inner life: What is it that makes us resilient? What is it that reconnects us with our own good hearts, and the hearts of others? Because that's the only way we're going to have peace on earth. And that's the only way we're going to bring our best self forward in all of the fabulous projects we can do to make the world better now."
Mental Toughness: "Making the decision that is harder to make, and acting on it"
I saw the angel in the stone and I carved until I set it free. -Michelangelo
"There are so many people who are hit by a painful tragedy and they act as if they're frozen in stone. They build a fortress around their heart, they're immobilized by that pain. But there are other people...who use their painful adversity, their tragedy as a chisel to free their authentic self, to become the person they're meant to be."
"What I noticed is that all the people who burned out were the star employees. They were the ones who gave 110%. These were the ones who said, 'I can do it, give me more!' But the problem is: Things happen. They started getting frustrated. Maybe they didn't have the resources. What happened when they got frustrated? They got angry. After the anger, the self-preservation starts in..."
"...she's running from the back of the room up to me. And as I step off the stage, looking blank, I see her face, and she has tears in her eyes. And she then did the strangest thing: She pulled me in close to her, and she cried. And when she cried, I cried too: Not because she made me cry, but because she was so attuned to me that she knew what I was feeling, before I could ever put it into words. And sometimes people say, 'I can't read your mind!' But Miss Marsha could. I don't remember anything else she said that day...and actually it doesn't matter. Because what she did for me that day, I still feel it in my bones."
"Peace is not an end game. Peace is something that you get along the way to wherever you are going. It isn't a magic key that someone will hand you, which I thought it was..."
"Imagine that our greatest weaknesses, our greatest ignorance, our greatest holes in our whole selves, are our greatest opportunities for growth and learning which become our most authentic strengths and our most authentic expressions of our internal self and our own spiritual growth.
So...death can be the most amazing of all? The answer is: YES."
"While I'm OK now, I wouldn't wish this gift for you. I'm not sure you'd want it...but I wouldn't change my experience. It profoundly altered my life in ways I didn't expect, in all the ways I just shared with you. So the next time you're faced with something that's unexpected, unwanted, and uncertain: Consider that it may just be a gift."
"The older you live, the more you have to work on your attitude. What tends to happen to us as we age is that some of the wounds of life hit us. We get nicked; psychologically we have certain injuries. As we age, we start to pull the curtains down, we start to look more fearfully at life. It is really important that as we age, we work on having the positive mental attitude, more so now than 10 years ago."
"Life is going to challenge you at some point. It's going to hand you something unfair. It's going to take something from you. And it's going to interfere with your plans. When this happens, will you let yourself thrive in the face of adversity? Will you also find purpose in it, maybe even use it to make the world a better place?"
"The evidence suggests that people can endure and recover from the most horrific of experiences, provided they have even one person whom they can attach to and connect with on an emotional level. This remains a life lesson to me, and a guiding principle for how I believe we should walk through life: the capacity for people to endure and remain resilient to the most horrific experiences...is mitigated by the human connections they have at the time of such events and in their aftermath."
"Self-compassion offers the benefits as self-esteem, but without the pitfalls. It's associated with positive mental health, but not with narcissism or constant social comparison...and it's there for you precisely when you fail. Just when self-esteem deserts you, self-compassion steps in and gives you a sense of being valuable - not because you've reached some standard or you've judged yourself positively, but because you are a human being worthy of love in that moment."
"We have reached a stage in human history where we have no option: We MUST lower our egos, control our egos, whether it is individual or personal ego, family ego, national ego...
For us to be human - in the greatest, joyous sense of what it means to be human, it means we have to be proper stewards of the breath of divinity within us...to seek to perfect within ourselves the attribute of being - of being alive, of beingness - of the attribute of wisdom, of consciousness, of awareness - and the attribute of being compassionate and loving beings."
"Never mention winning. My idea is that you can lose when you outscore somebody in a game, and you can win when you've been outscored. I've felt that way on various occasions at certain times."
"As I spoke with the happier 20%, I discovered they each knew their life purpose because they knew 5 things: Who they were, what they did, who they did it for, what those people wanted or needed, and what they got out of it/how they changed as a result."
"It so much easier to be peddlers of change than it is to let change hit home in our own lives."
"If you want to find your true self, you have to set your false self on fire."