All posts tagged: hardship

The Case for Resilience

Australian psychologist Andrew Fuller describes resilience as “the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life”. I know that feeling. One summer on a family holiday in Cairns I took the jump and felt that heady mix of trepidation and exhilaration, followed by the joy of accomplishment. I’ve known the same muddle of emotions when life has heaved with difficulty, when circumstance has greyed the horizon. Resilience is an imperative ingredient in life, but the social landscape of Australia is such that children are becoming adults without the ability to deal with the hardship that inevitably comes. Girls cop it worst. Like a flower amongst weeds they must navigate past issues of body image, the sexualised media, relationship breakdown, identity and so on. Learn resilience, or choke. It was while holding a clothes stall at a local market last weekend that I got talking to some women about resilience. Launcestonians Michelle Dingemanse and Kylea Aldred have a business called Little Bird that runs two programs for primary and high school-aged girls designed …

Let Me Be Singing When the Evening Comes

At church yesterday we had an opportunity to share what we were thankful for in 2012. The response was not what I expected. Practically every person who garnered courage to stand up, walk to the front and level their mouth at the microphone shared a story of thankfulness despite and in the midst of hardship. Grief had touched so many people in our congregation last year. One young man said he was thankful for God’s faithfulness through the loss of his sister. One woman was thankful despite the loss of a dear friend through terminal illness – who died one day before she returned from overseas. Another was thankful for her daughter, even though she did not live beyond the womb. She was so thankful for that little life and the promise of holding her one day in heaven. A man approached the microphone and shared a similar story – that he and his wife had lost a son in 2012 and the first thing they did was drop to their knees and thank God for what …