As a new year begins, it's a good time to reflect on the powerful stories of people who bounce back from profound setbacks and even personal betrayals. Thanks to everyone who's shared their stories through this blog.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
- Call your physician, health provider or clergy
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
It's not clear if resilience is an inherited trait or a learned skill, but one factor appears consistent. Resilient people have someone, whether it's a mentor, a friend or a spiritual leader, who affirms their value and dignity. Everyone needs at least one person like that in their lives.
Speaking of dignity, no one expects you to put yourself in harm's way or to stay in a situation that is dangerous or life-threatening. If you're unsure about your situation, seek guidance and support to do the right thing for yourself and your family.
Everyone struggles with the same issues. There are no easy answers, but together we can find creative solutions that allow us to survive and thrive.
Dec. 24, 2011