What is resiliency? Where does it come from? How do we get it? Resiliency is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Research is showing that knowing your family stories is one way to gain resiliency. Knowing and searching out your families lives is a healthy and healing way to deal with hardships. Search for them, remember them, find out how your ancestors survived. Literally “flesh them out” with stories, photos, and a little history of what was happening in the years and places they lived. I guarantee this process will change you for the better.
On the left is my great grandmother Taide. On the right is me. I know she faced great hardships, as did many of the women in our family before and after her. Whatever resiliency she gained, I know it lives on in me.