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Resilience is your ally as you age

How vital is the power of resilience. And how it warms my heart to read a story showing the power of resilience at work. A story like the one I was reading in the Denver Post the other morning.

A young Denver Broncos quarterback named Tim Tebow -- scorned by local sportswriters after performing poorly in one or two opening games -- answered his critics with a brilliant performance against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

I'm a Brit. My favorite game is, or was, soccer. But resilience doesn't recognize cultural or national boundaries.

Particularly where aging is concerned -- and we're all aging, when you stop to think about it  -- I sure am, with an 80th birthday coming up next May -- resilience is essential. It's essential if we are to age well, and experience the real magic and beautiful potential of life at any age.

Resilience is one of our best friends. It is our ally, no matter what our age. It is there for you always, unperturbed and untroubled by any of the challenges or troubles of your life.

Resilience helps us heal from trauma or despair

Even if you ignore it, or consider it of no importance, resilience is still your ally, ready in a flash to help you heal from a disappointment or trauma, be it large or small. All you have to do is to be quiet for a moment and ask and the power of resilience will be there to help you just as it helped Tim Tebow.

Does a voice in your head from who knows where rear its ugly head sometimes and say, “My life has been in vain." Or, "I am confused, and don't know what to do." Or, “Why isn't my life more interesting?" Or, "You're getting older, you're not relevant any more."

I have found in my own life that while the voice of my human nature conditioning can seem strong at times, the power of resilience is stronger.

Resilience will remind you of your own unconquerable spirit and bring you back on course

If you are still, and listen, resilience will always bring you back on course. It will give you strength. It will remind you of your own unconquerable spirit. It will dispel the voices of discouragement and despair and flood the windows of your soul with light. It will give you new confidence in myself.

How thankful I am for the gift of resilience that is unaffected and unchanged forever by any of the changes or challenges of our outer lives.

Blessings to you. If you have any thoughts on my new tagline, please let me know. It's not fixed in stone. This blog is an ongoing adventure (an adventure I commend to anyone who is "aging" by the way. and looking for a new and challenging adventure).

As I say, we are all aging. It's my hope and intent that my blog will continue to be relevant to people of any age. I'm simply doing my best to listen to the wisdom of my own heart (and others) as to what direction my blog needs to go.

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noch November 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm

that just made me think – i’m actually quite resilient too. i thought i was very weak for a while, esp when i fell into depression, and i was disappointed at myself as i always thought i was strong, and so did everyone else
but then in the big picture, i went through it, i am becoming stronger, i’m learning new things and habits, so that must mean i’m quite resilient too. and i too am strong. just that we need to bounce up and down with life – and the fact that we can bounce up and down makes us resilient 🙂
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Christopher Foster November 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Thank you for your beautiful comment Noch. Your words make me very happy. You have every right to feel very proud.

My mentor from long ago said something interesting one time, that when we are in the middle of a difficult situation it’s hard to see what is really going on. But when we do begin to get a larger overall view so that we begin to see the “big picture” as you put it — it is a sign we are moving clear of whatever it was that was entangling us. Sending a ton of blessings to you.


Timaree November 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I agree we all have resilience even when we don’t think so. Perhaps for those people who feel they have no hope, the knowledge that “all you have to do is to be quiet for a moment and ask and the power of resilience will be there to help” can be a good tool for the way upward out of despair.
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Christopher Foster November 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Thanks for sharing, Timaree. I think you’re absolutely right. We can never go wrong reminding ourselves that no matter how difficult a situation may look, we have plenty of strength and resilience within us to handle it.


Angela Artemis/Poweredbyintuition November 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Hi Chris,
I loved this post! I agree with you 100 percent. Being resilient is so important. If you’re resilient you can bounce back from anything – in fact, you won’t break you’ll literally bounce. No one has a perfect life and it’s sometimes more difficult when we age so the more we focus on staying resilient the more it will serve us as time passes. Bravo on a wonderfully inspiring post. I do love your new tagline too!
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Christopher Foster November 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

Angela, I’m pretty well jumping out of my chair and doing a dance to read your kind, interesting, encouraging and uplifting words. “If you’re resilient you can bounce back from anything” — goodness, how many people have proved the truth of these words in the course of history. And we have the opportunity to bring the power of resilience to bear in our own lives right now.

I’m so happy to know you Angela and to be getting to know you better. Love the title of your post. Yes. Let’s make some magic today.


Mary Jaksch | Goodlife ZEN November 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Wonderful post, Chris! Resilience is such a great thing to focus on.
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Christopher Foster November 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thank you so much Mary. It means a lot to me that you chose to offer a comment here. You are a remarkable example of resilience and I’m immensely grateful for the friendship I feel with you. Been nurturing there quite a while hasn’t it?


Ciara November 9, 2011 at 4:02 am

Hi Christopher, very inspiring and a great reminder that we all go through bad times and rough patches but it’s how we chose to react that makes us who we are. I heard someone say recently ” it’s not how many times we fall that matters it’s how long we stay lying down”

Love the new tagline
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Christopher Foster November 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

Thanks for your pithy comment Ciara. Lovely to hear from you again. I really like the saying you quote, my sense is there’s a strong tide of change on the move that is very supportive of the truth of all of us. And is well able to lift us up any time we think we stumble. Have a wonderdul day.


The Vizier November 9, 2011 at 6:53 am

Hi Christopher,

It is true, we are all aging and we have been doing so from birth. It’s just that some of us have a head start over others. But sooner or later, we will reach the finish line, there are no exceptions, none that we know of anyway.

Indeed resilience is one of our best friends in life. In fact, it is a vital friend in life. And the longer we live, the more we have to rely on resilience to carry us through the hardships we will surely encounter at one point or another. Without resilience to remind us of our unconquerable spirit, where will we be?

As for your new tagline…how about “How to age with grace?” Grace could encompass clear mind, fit body and buoyant spirit, but is less of a mouthful. And it is also flexible enough to include other themes which you might add and think of from time to time.

Thank you for sharing this lovely article! 🙂

Irving the Vizier
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Christopher Foster November 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

Your writing always delights and thrills me Irving. I appreciate so much the way you expand on this priceless virtue we call resilience.

Most particularly I want to thank you for your terrific suggestion re the tagline. It’s elegant and very beautiful. I’ll place it carefully in that place where life kind of nudges us what’s the best thing to do and hope for an answer. My love to you across the miles.And hey, I look forward to reading your current post, what a great title: ‘The Tao of fish and chips.” Talk to you soon.


Vinita November 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

Super tagline!

“…It is there for you always, unperturbed and untroubled by any of the challenges or troubles of your life.”

Wonderful, Christopher! Heart-warming, hope-giving, and oft-neglected…

Thank you for reminding us of the things that keep us ticking along while we’re worrying about other stuff. Kudos! 🙂



Christopher Foster November 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

Vinita, I’m very grateful for your kind words. I’m very grateful that you felt inclined to spend a little time here and post your thoughts. It makes me realize anew how none of us is alone in this remarkable adventure we call life (or blogging either).

It’s a fine thing to realize we have “kindred spirits” in this life — who share the same love for life and love’s potential that we do. And whether we have met these kindred spirits personally or not — they are there. What a miracle. Blessings.


Phil D. Malmstrom November 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm

What a wonderfully relevant topic Christopher, considering the general turmoil that seems to surround us all in these difficult times.

Resilience can take on many forms; physical resilience following an injury or illness, emotional resilience when dealing with a personal trauma such as the death of a loved one, or even the resilience we seek when dealing with other kinds of loss such as a job or financial security. Whatever the situation, when we reach out to God in our need with a humble heart, He brings us that reserve we require to “bounce back” from our trials.

Another wonderful post my friend. 🙂

Have a Blessed Day!
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Christopher Foster November 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’m so glad you’re feeling a bit better Phil. Thank you for your comment as always. We never outgrow the need for humility do we. Perhaps we could say that humility is part of resilience. I’d say it’s pretty hard to be really resilient unless there’s some real humility in our heart.

So thankful for my connection with you and with the humility (and strength) I always feel in you. Adios, my friend.


Galen Pearl November 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Love the Tim Tebow example! What a contrast to others such as Vince Young who started out looking great, but couldn’t handle a set back and imploded. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or spiritual health, a good strong foundation gives us that needed resilience to bounce back. Great article.
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Christopher Foster November 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thank you Galen. It’s a real pleasure to share with you in building that strong foundation of which you speak. A pleasure too to connect with you more and get to know you better. A ton of good wishes.


Cathy | Treatment Talk November 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Hi Christopher,

Being resilient is so important, because everyone has challenges of one form or another. If you are able to bounce back and get on with your life, you will spend less time dwelling in negativity and regret, and spend more time seeing the positive and finding joy. Love your new focus!
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Christopher Foster November 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

Thank you for adding your voice here Cathy. For sure, every one of us does have challenges. It occurred to me just now as I was starting to respond to you that perhaps resilience is a sign of real “fitness” — something much deeper than mere physical wellbeing. Amen to every word in your comment.


Harriet Cabelly November 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Hi Christopher,
Great blog post! Resilience is something I too focus on. It’s key to my theme of ‘rebuilding your life through adversity’. Resilience gives us the ability to adjust to life’s problems. Did you know it comes from the Latin word, ‘resilire’ which means leap back. We’re not all innately born with a strong amount of it. Resilience can certainly be grown and developed; that’s the good part of it. I’ve had people say, ” I’m not too resilient, it’s just not in me.” But it can be built upon.


Christopher Foster November 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I love your theme Harriet, and I love feeling connected with you as I read your comment.

I didn’t know the origin of the word resilience, how interesting that it comes from a word that means “leap back.” I agree absolutely that resilience can be nurtured and developed in our life.


KenWert@MeanttobeHappy November 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

Yes, Christopher. resilience is such a seldom talked about but critical trait to develop!

Our ability to return to form after being bent out of it is the mark of a successful person, whether in business, sports, or anything else. Life knocks us down sometimes. It simply does. Most people get back up again. But many never quite return to their original optimism or faith or trust or self-confidence. Resilient people do.

Thanks for the reminder and insight, Christopher! Very much appreciated.
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Christopher Foster November 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Ken, what a pleasure to share your uplifting spirit through your words. Life being the way it is it’s inevitable we are bent out of shape now and again, just as you say. Perhaps we need a new way to measure success.


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