Resiliency is Life Support

Think of someone you admire.

Next, a question – why is that person so extraordinary to you?

As you read on, please keep them in mind.

What is it about them that you admire?

Perhaps their character, commitment to excellence, or ability to overcome obstacles come to mind.

It’s easy to think your superhero has a superhuman talent—but they don’t.

Resilience is not a superpower reserved for a few, but a skill that anyone can cultivate. This realization is not just empowering, it’s liberating. If those we admire can do it, so can we.

People who tackle challenges head-on and overcome them may have learned this from role models, experience, or study.

Resilience is not something that happens to us, but a choice and a skill that we can develop over time. This realization puts the power back in our hands, giving us hope and motivation to keep going.

So why would you want to cultivate resilience?

And what is resilience, anyway?

The dictionary defines it as ” the ability of a person to adjust to or recover readily from illness, adversity, or major life changes—a type of buoyancy.”

To me, it’s all that and more.

It’s facing challenges, processing them, and then working through ideas and solutions to reach a point (sooner or later) with purpose.

Do you think resiliency is life support? What’s your experience?

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8 Comments on Resiliency is Life Support

  1. Liesl on Sun, 9th Jun 2024 1:06 am
  2. Oh my goodness, yes!
    I had the opportunity to be a part of one of your classes at Hose Expo yesterday, and I feel like this goes along with so much of what was talked about.
    I still feel the spirit of that discussion with me today, and hope to carry it with me until it changes me.
    Thank you so much for showing up. I hope to see you again someday and learn more.

  3. Cindy on Sun, 16th Jun 2024 1:55 pm
  4. I want to thank you for this message today. I couldn’t have needed it more. I had to unexpectedly and much too soon put down my beloved dog 5 days ago. The heartbreak and grief have been consuming me. Boy did I need something to pick me up and get me moving forward- and your message today has done just that. I’m usually able to weather life’s storms a little better but this one was a sucker punch. I think I’ll go ride my horses- they always have a way of making life a little better…

  5. Joanne Milton on Sun, 16th Jun 2024 3:41 pm
  6. Thanks for this today Barb! I’ve always considered myself pretty resilient & have come back from a great many life-altering changes over the years…but lately, it has been feeling like “one too many”. Your words have been a renewal for me, & now I will just have to step up and come back again! Onwards & upwards!

  7. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 16th Jun 2024 7:30 pm
  8. Hi Barb, Wow, such encouraging information that you’ve really broken down into a step by step process. And being resilient sure doesn’t mean not taking time to be sad, reflect, spend time in evaluation, etc. Thank you for this. And it is very true that everyone walking this life’s pathway has had difficulties to overcome. We can learn from many different people about moving forward in life and looking to the future for better times. Also, just wanted to tell you, as an aside, that I so much enjyed watching you and Sandy C. at Western States Horse Expo this past weekend. I watched several of your cow cloasses, and watched Sandy teaching leads and lead changes and you both were terrific. 🙂

  9. Carol on Sun, 16th Jun 2024 8:23 pm
  10. After a freak accident resulting in my good friends horse having to be euthanized, myself falling flat on my back after loosing my balance on my horse over a pole at canter, and then finding my saddle ( custom made) may be hurting my horse’s back…(it can be adjusted.) I am thankful I can step back
    and regroup and do better tomorrow.
    We’ll never understand life’s trials, but God can help us get up and carry on for tomorrow.

  11. Fernanda Morley on Mon, 17th Jun 2024 7:24 am
  12. Hi Barbra

    Ah…so Perfectly said! Resiliency is a Muscle!! Your message today was powerful and resonated well for me.

    My husband recently died suddenly. Alot of unfinished business to attend to on many levels( physical, mental, emotional, spiritual!!!) And family members unable to be Present for help.
    Suffice it to say it has been one of my biggest challenges in Life so far.

    The tools you talked about in Resiliency were what kept me going one step at a time. One day at a time. One empowerment at a time. Because it was liberating to realize ” I’ve got this”. I can walk through all this pain and suffering in Grace, Dignity, Forgiveness and Compassion to be on the other side where I can find Hope, Peace , Love and Joy in Life again.
    Oh My Goodness… YES. In my experience resiliency IS Life Support. It’s the only tool that has helped me feel the ” moments of Joy ” again. We are here for a short time. To stay ” stuck ” in the mire of difficult experiences only takes away the ” Present” that Life can be. It can keep us victimized. Strengthening our Reslileincy Muscle with the many ” tools” you so eloquently wrote in your message is Powerful. We have the choice and free will with each experience handed to us. Resiliency is the catalyst for our growth…as painful as it can be at times.

    Thankyou for sharing this salient message.💝.

  13. Tania on Mon, 17th Jun 2024 7:28 am
  14. Love your thoughts and encouragement.
    Setbacks are painful. Will be reading this article often.

  15. Melanie Gray on Tue, 18th Jun 2024 8:19 am
  16. Love this ans love reading rge other comments not only do you help everyone Barb but all of you that share your personal messages are a gift to all of us . Stop back for a moment re group, keep those dreams and goals follow through with action 🎬 for yourself and always hit restart
    Each day gallop away with happiness in your ❤️ heart and soul !

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