Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What I Know for Sure about Resilience according to Oprah

"Strength comes from our ability to face resistance and walk through it" 
(Oprah Winfrey)


Photo obtained from http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/issue/view/resilient

According to most dictionaries, resilience is the capacity to adapt successfully in the face of threats or disaster. The idea is that although we all experience adversity in many different ways, we are all capable to adapt. So, resilience is the capacity to withstand stress and catastrophe.

In this second chapter of "What I know for Sure", Oprah presents her inspiring ideas and experiences about resilience. An important message that I believe Oprah is trying to communicate in this book chapter is that despite challenging life experiences, we all have the capacity to adapt and bounce back. Even more important, she suggests that we actually need those challenging life experiences to develop strength and grow as human beings.  

Here are some quotes or inspiring words about resilience that I extracted from Oprah's book. 


"There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life.", page 33.

"You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn't receive", page 33.

"Every choice gives you a chance to pave your own road. Keep moving. Full speed ahead.", page 34.

"What I know for sure is that the only way to endure the quake is to adjust your stance. You can't avoid the daily tremors. They come with being alive.", page 35.

"Balance lives in the present.", page 35.

"Every difficult moment has its silver lining.", page 37.

"When you have nothing to be ashamed of, when you know who you are, and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.", page 38.

"When you remove the fear, the answer you've been searching for comes into focus.", page 39.

"No matter what challenge you may be facing, you must remember that while the canvas of your life is painted with daily experiences, behaviors, reactions, and emotions, you're the one controlling the brush.", page 41.

"We are all the artists of our own lives...", page 41.

"I hope you, too, will keep encountering challenges. It is a blessing to be able to survive them, to be able to keep putting one foot in front of the other -- to be in a position to make the climb up life's mountain, knowing that the summit still lies ahead.", page 43.

"All of our hurdles have meaning. And being open to learning from those challenges is the difference between succeeding and getting stuck.", page 44.

"There is no strength without challenge, adversity, resistance, and often pain.", page 47.



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