I didn't know anything about navigating blindness and some of the challenging and amazing waters to come. As I reflect on this day 30 + years later, the ability to reach out to others has blessed my life and helped immensely.
|Steve and I kayaking in beautiful Sausalito, October 2013 - soon to celebrate our 30th anniversary.|
I selected the name of our business: Resilient Solutions, Inc. because I love the concept of Resilience and am inspired each day by the stories of others' ability to bounce back from difficult situations. Indeed:
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott
We each have a story. I will be sharing my story in this blog and also would love to hear your story. My resilience grew as I heard from others ... their examples, their strength inspired me. I recall shortly after my diagnosis, my parents took me to California to meet with a therapist - she had Retinitis Pigmentosa. She had a thriving practice, and I recognized that just maybe that could be me someday. I am touched and appreciative of my parents' amazing support and helping me see the value in reaching out to others.
The power of support/connecting with others is indeed an attribute in our Resilience. Reflecting on the many, many incredible people who have been on my team.
Supportive people give us the space to grieve and work through our emotions. They know how to listen and when to offer just enough encouragement without trying to solve all of our problems with their advice. Good supporters know how to just be with adversity -- calming us rather than frustrating us. Brad Waters, LCSW