Often times, as one explores what the wonderful world has to offer, people get confronted with numerous challenges. During these times, some find it difficult to get back on their feet but there are also those who are able to recover quickly no matter how tough the situation may have been. This capability is what people would call resilience, the “capacity to rise above adversity and forge lasting strengths in the struggle” (Marano, 2003).
Resilience, as many researchers say, helps people deal more effectively with stress, challenges and obstacles allowing them to be successful in life despite hardships and to live more meaningful lives.
Being resilient enables an individual to come into terms with the fact that adversity is a part of life. It makes an individual be able to realize that a problem can mean something other than suffering and choose to be strong in the face of it. It makes people be more positive. It makes people believe that there is always hope and that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel.
Because of the above mentioned advantages of resilience, many researchers have concluded that resilience is one of the greatest protective factors one may have. The question now is, “What contributes or promotes resiliency?”, “What makes an individual be able to turn the negative into positive all at once?”
In my personal experience I would have to say that one of the factors that enabled me to see things from a different perspective, made me be able to see the good in the bad and gave me a sense of peace despite the challenges is spirituality. I think I share the same experience with a great number of people for many researchers have found evidences that spirituality increases resilience.
According to Hook (2013), “spirituality can strengthen resiliency by promoting a sense of coherence, hope, transcendent beliefs that promote a sense of meaning, and social support within a spiritual community.” Because of this, one is able to move towards goals that are beyond themselves. I myself have been able to beat pain by believing that the bad times in my life are only temporary and happened for a reason all because of spirituality. Now, no matter what comes my way, I am to be grateful for whatever I have, I am able to see that my life has meaning and purpose and I am able to say that life is good.
Being resilient is not about being 100% okay all the time. Rather, it’s about having the strength to recover even from the most distressing situations and choosing to continue living the life you were blessed with, with meaning and purpose.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33