to deal with and to grow through life’s challenges.
1. Perseverance—inner strength to not give up and to benefit from hardship. Having salt in yourselves—Mark 9:50
4. Tool. The Authentic Happiness website offers a variety of self-assessment tools for free. Many of these tools are directly related to resiliency. For example, the Brief Character Test measures 24 character strengths. The GRIT Survey measures perseverance. You will need to register on the site (one minute process) in order to access the tools and other resources online.
These tools are available in different languages. They are easy to use although note that their applicability to international settings/populations is not established. We use such tools to help workers get a general sense of how they are doing and to discuss strengths, weaknesses, and coping strategies.
5. Music. Iona. Strength
Iona began recording in 1990. Their music is a progressive and distinctive mix of Celtic, rock, folk, and jazz with Christian themes. The song above, Strength, is on video from their live performance in November 2004 at the University of London. It is also included on their CD, The Circling Hour, which is available from the Iona web site. The song begins with a lyrical description of the strength found in nature and proceeds to describe the strength of people and finally the strength of love--or more than likely, the Author of Love.
Stay the course.
May your salinity soar!
3. Respond to Fawcett’s assertion in the above quote that “Humanitarian work is, after all, a celebration of life…”
4. Define resiliency in your heart language, and in your own words, in one sentence.
5. Recall a tiime this past year when a friend's strength (as mentioned in the Iona song above) has helped you when you were weak.