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Beyond Resilience

It is Brian Dyson, ex-CEO of the Coca-Cola Enterprise Inc., who reminds us that "Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."


Yet this journey, very often, is hardly smooth sailing. In the passage of life, we are tossed into our ups and our downs and thrown into our twists and turns. As we journey through life, we know it does not get easier, nor does it become more forgiving. However, what life brings out of us is greater strength and robustness which is intrinsic for our success which all of us are striving to achieve; but only if we persevere.


Hence, increasingly, many people view resilience as a key or even, if not, the supreme value for success in life. For many, it is the determinant that determines whether or not we are able to rise above our storms of life, and ultimately achieve our double rainbow. For such individuals, therefore, resilience is the cornerstone that maintains our well-being even in the onslaught of life's adversities; for despite the torrent of setbacks, resilient individuals are able to bounce back and view them as setups for future successes.


However, while resilience is an important virtue which I personally agree with, I believe there is another value that is just as vital; that of persistence. In my mini-book "The Art of Determination", I remind readers that true determination is that of persistence and perseverance (resilience), intertwine. In fact, both are but 2 sides of the same coin.


While everyone is familiar with what resilience (or perseverance) stands for, the idea and value of persistence is just as essential and consequential for success. You see, while resilience helps us to stay entrenched, like a soldier, in times of crisis and helps us to stay there entrenched until the crisis breaks; persistence, like a worthy soldier, allows us to dig through and pass the dirt, grime and mud of troubles we are in and create new tunnels of life even while we are still in an entrenched crisis.


Keeping the values of persistence and resilience will enable us to be like the eagles, King of Birds, which the Jewish prophet Isaiah once described as "... but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."


In conclusion, this coin, that I am speaking of is mighty than any other resources that we can think of. This coin, that I am holding onto is the North Star in all of our tribulation. This coin, which I am giving to you, is a gift that will open up all the other presents in your life.