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The Importance of Chasing Resilience
“Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever.” Psychology Today
Right now we are all bouncing back. The ability to bounce back is something that never ceases to amaze me. That resilient side of our souls that shines brighter on the rebound is a quality that I’ve tried to nurture in my children. It’s important that our children are resilient. Resilience is what drives us to move forward after adversity.
I don’t know about you, but I had a moment when I arrived home from and flipped on what I thought would be our 5:00 local news. That moment is becoming familiar to me. In fact, more familiar than I care to admit. It was a moment of confusion…Why am I hearing Scott Pelley’s voice instead of my local girl, Chrys Petersen? What is this?
Then reality quickly crept in as I the pieces started to fall into place.
Boston. Boston Marathon. Finish line. Bomb. Two bombs. Oh no.
Attack. Spectators. Victims. Innocents. Terrorism. Not again.
I’d say the entire ‘moment’ lasted less than a minute. Less than a minute it took for me to string together what had happened and the thought of the scene made me cry.
The rest of the evening unfolded as expected. Discussions with our boys about the first terrorist attack since 9/11. Prayers were said for all of the victims and gratitude was expressed for those that ran to help. It’s a drill that we are becoming familiar with.
This makes me sad.
Even sadder? Watching my teenage boys come to grips with what terrorism truly is in our world. They were too young to remember the September 11th. The Oklahoma City bombing happened when Drew was only seven months old. This was their first brush with an attack and as I watched them put their puzzle pieces together a small chunk of my heart broke. They’re damn near adults now and with that comes some cold, harsh realities. My ability to protect them is pretty much gone. That’s a helpless feeling.
Resilience is what keeps all of us ticking. It’s the “keep on” in “keepin’ on”. Without it we’d all be hiding under our covers afraid to leave the safety of our own homes. Some of us seem to find it more quickly than others. Some never seem to find it at all, and that’s what I don’t want for my children. I want them to know what resilience is. To be able to identify it by how it feels so they’ll recognize it when it’s needed, and chase it …tirelessly…when it’s elusive.
I admit that I’m tired of needing resilience.
Didn’t Sandy Hook , Aurora and Tucson just happen?
Regardless of how tired I am of chasing resilience, I know that I must. We all need to move forward. For ourselves, our families, the victims, and our country… we must be resilient.
After all, without it they win, right?
For some helpful tips on how to talk with children about the Boston terrorist attack please visit here.
For the victims we are praying…please know this.
Mary Beth's BIO
Although Mary Beth grew up in Detroit, it is Toledo that feels like home, especially since she and her husband, Terry, are raising their family here. Their children, Tara, Derek and Cullin were all born here and are all in school now. With grade school, high school and college tuitions all looming, it's no wonder Mary Beth looks forward to many more years working on 101.5 the River. "Miles to go before I sleep!"
Rick Woodell was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, attended the community college there and eventually the University of Georgia before embarking on a 38 year broadcasting career. Rick has worked in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas and been a part of the programming of radio stations in Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado and California.
Before moving to Toledo, Rick was a highly rated morning show host in Greenville, South Carolina for 15 years and was co-host of "Talk of the Town," a 30 minute television travel show for Charter Communications that covered Georgia, North and South Carolina. Rick and his wife Carla moved to Toledo so he could rekindle his love for morning radio.
Rick and Carla have 4 "kids." One is Siamese...Cyan, 6 pounds of furry fury, Grayson, a loveable Gray stray from the Humane society, Frank a mini Dachshund rescue and the latest addition, Bill Blitzen, a rescued Greyhound.. Rick's son, Alex, graduated college in South Carolina and is continuing his education at the Medical College of South Carolina-Charleston.
Rick's continued love for charity work and civic pride keeps him active in the community.
"We've been here for over 7 years now. As Carla and I continue to travel the area, we're amazed at the eagerness of people to welcome us Southerners. We feel like actual Mid- westerners now! We really feel at home."