Resilience often stems from a place of brokenness, and this was where I found my friend at the age of 11. It was then that she experienced an event that stripped her of her family, was flown across the world, and placed in an unfamiliar land.
I asked if she understood her classmates at the time, our playground talks that happened in a language foreign to her, and she said that she often felt lost. Her resilience began in a place of brokenness, but flourished in the presence of love. My friend knew, better than anyone, how to love at a young age. She was forced to realize the impermanence of life as a child, and learned to treasure the lives around her.
HER RESILIENCE BEGAN IN A PLACE OF BROKENNESS, BUT FLOURISHED IN THE PRESENCE OF LOVE.
As we grew up, I noticed her ability to create a comfort zone where people felt safe sharing their brokenness with her. She was a safe place for others. Her loving heart eventually led her to a city in Ghana, where she strategized with two communities for long-term change, while maintaining awareness of the self-sustaining nature of these projects.
My friend’s resilience is not only in her overcoming childhood trauma, but growing up to love the world despite understanding the darkness of humanity.
With everything going on in the world today, it’s a pulsing reminder that there is still a lot of room for change and progress, especially for women. But celebration coexists with struggle and now, more than ever, we want to celebrate the remarkable resilience of women, individuals who find the strength and passion to go on despite their circumstances.
Tell us about a female figure in your life (who’s not your mom, because we all know they’re #1 in our lives) that embodies remarkable resilience at firstname.lastname@example.org