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Monday, August 3, 2015

The Power of Resilience: Misty Copeland

According to Psychology Today, resilience is "that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on." 

Last year, I posted a feature on Misty Copeland, who first made history at the American Ballet Theater by becoming its third African American soloist. This summer Misty Copeland became the first African American female soloist at the American Ballet Theater. To say I'm proud is an understatement. Misty's story is one of resilience.  She defied many odds as a woman of color  whose  body was considered nontraditional in the world of classical ballet.

It takes a certain spiritual strength and resolve to believe in yourself when the the outside world  says "no."   I don't know what barriers or obstacles you may be facing today, but I hope that Misty Copeland can serve as a role model and an inspiration to you to soldier on in the face of difficulties. Have a great week!

In the comment box, please share a time/moment when you felt resilient.


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