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Gratitude Friday July 2nd, 2021 – Resiliency Reflected Through the Written Word



I really enjoy historic quotes. Quotes reflect the human condition in ways that transcend time. We can read what writers penned a millennia ago and identify with them in this moment. The written word reflects the soul of a person. I thought I would do a gratitude post of resiliency quotes. We are at our best as people when we rise up from the things that knock us down. Getting back up is everything. I am grateful that when knocked to my lowest in life, I stood back up, even when it was the very last thing I felt like doing. Please enjoy the quotes and share your own. What are you grateful for today?


“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” - Aristotle


“Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.”Kate DiCamillo


“Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero


“Shit will hit the fan, that’s for sure. Keep that in mind and keep going.”Maxime Lagacé


“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.”Alice Walker


While some people are born with a greater propensity for resilience, resil- ience is not a static characteristic. Resilience can be practiced, nourished, and built across your lifetime. If you feel like you’re not bouncing back, well, you’re in good company. The death of a loved one often marks the first time that people are forced to come back from something hard, scary, and life- changing. Each day that you are living beyond the day of your loss is another day you’re building resilience. You’re teaching your heart, mind, and body what it means to continue to live after the very worst has happened.”Shelby Forsythia, Your Grief, Your Way: A Year of Practical Guidance and Comfort After Loss


“To be rendered powerless does not destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak. To yield and not break, that is incredible strength.”Hannah Gadsby


All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


“Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”José N. Harris


“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.” - Steve Goodier


“Feeling confronted with the absurdity of life may sometimes nurture a personal satisfaction for those who like to set a paramount task or to create a compassionate mission. In so doing, the seal of absurdity becomes less unbearable, while it confers them a ‘Sisyphus’ status that transmutes them into heroes of human resilience.Erik Pevernagie


“Resilience is born by grounding yourself in your own loveliness, hitting notes you thought were way out of your range.” ― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion


“All my dreams fell apart, so I did something else.”Marty Rubin


“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”Japanese Proverb


““Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.” ― Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken

“Resilience is learning to fall without falling apart; it is learning how to crash without burning.”Janet Autherin


“But a funny thing happens to you in a depression. If you don't hurt yourself, you can gain tremendous insights and empathy, find inner strengths and hidden talents. It's a mysterious process, but if you can hold on, you become a wiser person.”Art Buchwald, Leaving Home


“People assume strength is loud. In reality, strength is silent. It is resilience, the will to never surrender your dignity.” Parker S. Huntington

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