" Spiritual assets make us more resilient to the trauma and difficult experiences life inevitably throws at us.
Since spiritual assets bring us closer to our Higher Power, we do not face the difficulties alone, and we may find a greater purpose and meaning within the stress & trauma. When we lean on our spiritual assets to get us through, the traumatic event becomes less destructive. Instead, it becomes transformative; we see the difficulties in a new light. "
4 " Know that no refugee does so because he believes that he wants to take advantage of your economy or steal your jobs. The only reason we ran to risk death on a rubber boat is because a much more terrible monster called war chased us away from our homeland. "
6 " Yet, I still had hope. I hoped that I’d be able to manage to stay sober for just one day, and that one day, God could use me for good again. That hope gave me a reason to live and a purpose to commit to. "
7 " The more we see that life isn’t about an individualistic challenge to conquer or overcome, and the more we see that, instead, we’re in this together, for better or worse, the more we will recognize we need to accept whatever we’re dealt. That’s not a promise that everything will work out in the end. For lots of folks, it doesn’t. I’ve seen that firsthand. What it means for me is that my experiences—bad or good—aren’t the end of it all anyway. The Creator weaves the fabric of life for a purpose greater than any of us really knows. "
10 " Giving up was the first step toward true honesty. Giving up meant willingness to try something else, to have the courage to look at myself and say, “Yes, I’m willing to look at things for how they really are and accept them.” I needed the honesty, and the courage to give up. "
13 " Resilience is a person’s capacity to “bounce back” after a difficult or traumatic experience.It’s more than just a person’s ability to adapt to stress. Rather, anyone can learn adaptations that may contribute to an ongoing process of recovery. One adaptation in particular is acknowledging and identifying spiritual assets that we may use to help us get our lives back. "
15 " research indicates that anger negatively correlates with resilience. A fascinating and broadly cited study published in 2003 sought to determine what role positive emotions (such as hopefulness or gratitude) had in a crisis. The researchers chose the attacks on September 11, 2001, as the crisis event. What they found was astonishing. Not only did positive emotions have a positive correlation with resilience; negative emotions clearly indicated a poor outcome. Anger (especially ongoing, continual anger) was the number one indicator that a person would not be able to resume functioning as he had before the crisis. Fuming in anger, apparently, doesn’t enable us to bounce back very well.10 "