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#WQWWC #45: Fortitude or Resilience

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Change is one of the constants in life. As things change and obstacles come our way, we have the opportunity to make choices about how we handle them. Strong, successful people accept obstacles as aids to build character and develop fortitude and resilience.

What obstacles have you faced in your life? Which ones have helped you develop fortitude and resilience?


Fortitude: strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage.

Resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

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My Favorite Quotes

You can’t find a bad quote about either of these two related topics. Here are just a few of the quotes I found and I could write an essay about any one of them.

Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish. David Mallet

David Mallet
Digging up the septic line in our front yard landscaping while trying to sell our house

It would be rewarding to say that I developed fortitude during this time. My husband had wanted to move to the desert for years. I had wanted to stay in my house. This act of destruction to our front landscaping when we were in the process of selling our home, removed my resolve to stay with every chunk of soil loosened. I became more resilient to the idea of moving at least.

One of the duties of fortitude is to keep the weak from receiving injury; another, to check the wrong motions of our own souls; a third, both to disregard humiliations, and to do what is right with an even mind. All these clearly ought to be fulfilled by all Christians, and especially by the clergy.

Saint Ambrose
When the guardrail, stopped my sister-in-law clung to the side of the rock, terror welling up behind her sunglasses.

This staycation revealed one of my sister-in-law’s hidden secrets – extreme fear of heights. Even so she agreed to climb Moro Rock, the signature mountain in Sequoia National Park. I stayed behind her to make sure she was okay. Once she reached this point, she could go no further in spite of the promise of a guardrail just a few steps in front of her.

Had the park put guardrails the entire climb, she might have been able persevere. As the person without the crippling fear, the job of protecting her became my responsibility. Side by side I helped her inch back down to the steps as she clung to the side of the mountain.

In the 1930s, photographers such as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange produced images of sharecroppers and Okies, which drew attention both to the conditions in which these unfortunates found themselves and to their heroic fortitude.

Geoff Dyer

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”

Elizabeth Edwards
Christmas caroling during a downpour.

My friend and I went to Sonoma to carol with her son’s church. That night it poured. The leaders of the city decided not to cancel the event. The words on the song sheets bled. We realized how many of the carols lost us after the first verse. The intermittent singing brought smiles to those who peeked out of their cozy homes to cheer us on. By the end of the trail, the rain stopped. We saw the Christmas lights reflected in the puddles and appreciated the warm fire and hot chocolate of celebration afterwards.

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”

Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.”

Elizabeth Edwards

Brief Thoughts

No one goes through life without facing adversity.

For some it may be health, others loss, accidents, financial ruin, prison, failure, or even adventure.

My sister-in-law conquering fear of heights – baby steps

Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Terri at Second Wind Leisure chose pink as her theme this week for Sunday Stills to bring awareness to breast cancer victims and survivors. Thank you, Terri. As a survivor, I will admit, that it took quite a large dose of persistence and resilience to endure the process of ridding my body of the dreaded cancer tumor,

For five years after surgery, radiation, and chemo, cancer survivors take medication to ensure that it does not return to haunt us in some other less-treatable location – like blood, bones, lungs, or brain.

Breast cancer is no longer the automatic killer it once was. However, it is something to take seriously and check regularly to make sure you catch it early.

Prescott Walk – Senator’s Highway Breast cancer survivors can still have fun with their friends!

Now it’s your turn.

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  1. Resilience is your new middle name, Marsha! Not only have you battled breast cancer, but you’re also dealing with DVT, all while moving in 2020! Whoever said life was dull, didn’t know anything about resilience! This is a great theme this week and timely for October. Glad you could link up to Sunday Stills and share your inspirational story. I just love the pic of the BC survivors on the Prescott walk!

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  2. I feel every bit of your SILs anguish….and I happen to live with a “mountain goat” of a husband….!
    thanks for featuring my entry for last week….I really am having a lot of fun contributing.

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  3. I think resilience is one of the best traits a person can have. We will be tested throughout our lives and how we respond creates our reality.

    Having a fear of heights must be awful. My sister-in-law has it and passed it down to her son (not on purpose, of course). Her son’s wife didn’t want their daughter (my S-I-L’s granddaughter) to have it to so she made an effort to take her on mountain hikes, high up in buildings, and, even, hang gliding. It worked… she is fearless.

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    • Interesting, My SIL had very dominating parents who didn’t let her her do much and were very protective. She is low on the spectrum but she has learned to do a lot since they passed. Climbing mountains isn’t one of those things, but honestly,I won’t be climbing any mountains either! LOL 😳

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  4. what a great post filled with resilience and written by one that is so resilient. We don’t know how strong we are until we have no other choice. These are great captures and always love seeing you out in nature. I have to send soil in to see why our fruit trees aren’t thriving. hope each day is getting easier! 💖

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  5. Hi Marsha, I enjoyed this post. I agree that resilience is a most admirable quality in people. Lately, I have come to realise that even the most resilient of us can be worn down if we life clubs us over the head long enough. At that point, it is time to take action and make changes, but that is, of course, easier said than done. Have a lovely Friday.

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  6. Cheers to your sister n law for getting out there and trying to combat hat fear and cheers to you for assisting her ! Awe….🧡
    This is a good theme and I saw one of the quotes over at Terri’s early today – I just happened to be online when Sunday stills posted and I was able to skim it before logging off- love when that happens
    Anyhow – so many good quotes and mini examples here / the moon after the bath was torn down is a nice thought and also imaging info the Christmas lights in the puddles was powerful 😊🙏

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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