Today is National Stress Awareness Day, part of the International Stress Awareness Week and this year’s theme is ‘Resilience – The Power To Succeed.’
We under-estimate the importance of our resilience at our peril. It’s physical and mental resilience which gives us the inner strength to keep going when times are tough, to bounce back from challenging circumstances and to believe in ourselves no matter what we are going through. It’s that wonderful sense of knowing you can cope with whatever life or work throws at you.
I have just spent the weekend with one of my best friends and her family. Last week she was told she has an “incurable” brain tumour. We don’t yet know how long she’s got on this earth, but at only 53 we do know that it won’t be long enough.
I can’t think of any situation where you would need more resilience. The inner strength to face the fear and uncertainty; the courage, as a mother, to deal with the knowledge that you will never see your husband or kids again; and the belief as a child/young adult that you will get through this somehow.
What I saw this weekend in the whole family (including 3 young adults in their 20s) was an unbelievable display of resilience. Openness, honesty, pragmatism, positivity, gratitude and humour. I am literally in awe of every one of them.
I know they will have down days, difficult times and major challenges ahead. But this weekend gave me the hope that they will have the resilience to get through this together and that those left behind will ultimately have the resilience to bounce back and move on with their lives just as their beloved wife and mother would wish them to.