Hannah in her neon pink cast at 22 months!

Watching my 22-month-old and 4-year-old playing on the small playset in the backyard was bliss.  It was a spring Sunday, 70 degrees and sunny.  We would relax the whole day.

And then, “Mama, Mama, Hannah’s hurt!”.  She’d fallen off of the playset. One minute we were trying to soothe her and the next minute we were waiting for her to come out of a two-hour surgery for a spiral fracture in her femur.

In the recovery room, I was invited to get in her bed to comfort her when she woke.  They pulled back the covers and… what?  There was my baby with a Spica cast up to her chest and down to her toes. And it was neon pink!

She woke and pulled at her IV. The nurse took it out. She hit her cast and said “Off Mama, off!”.  “Sweetie, that’s like a Band-aid on your body to make you better.  You have to keep it on.”  She never complained again.

It took all of one day for her to adjust to this contraption holding her body stiff.  She lay on her stomach and ‘army crawled’ or rolled to get from place to place. She was happy playing with her brother, the dog, and her toys.  She even figured out how to throw the basketball into the hoop.  In the 6 weeks she had the cast, Hannah never complained once even though her life had been completely changed.  She was the epitome of resilience in neon pink!

When adversities happen in your life, how do you react?

Are you like Hannah, accepting the adversity, the change, in one day?  Or do you turn to anger, denial, tears, or depression as many of us do?

Children are naturally resilient.  Adults?  Most, not so much!

How do you become more resilient?  How do you build that muscle that seems to be non-existent in hard times?  Deep breathing and meditation is one great way. Here is a 5-minute video on how to meditate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JslvBcIVtDg.  And there are many other ways to build resilience.

I became a coach because of the adversity I’ve been through.
Initially, my resiliency muscle was weak, but I built it up over time.  I help people to build that resilience and find their power. If you want help finding your power and building resiliency, contact me or call me.

You CAN build resilience in your life.

About the Author Trish Perry

A core tenet of my coaching is "You are not your adversity."

After decades in the corporate world, I began my coaching journey to help professionals create the success and happiness they deserve.

Whether coaching professionals who have been thrown off course by a hardship, or organizations wanting more engagement and productivity with their employees, there is an adversity to work through.

My goal is to help people achieve their goals, increase engagement, productivity, self-confidence and JOY. EVERYDAY!

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