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Our Community portal provides inspiring and insightful personal stories from members of the Be Resilient Project. It also provides a place where you can be connected with your fitness community to share your concerns or provide support during difficult times. From an ancestral perspective, storytelling is what distinguishes us from other species. The stories we tell ourselves and share with others can be very influential and help to develop resilience when dealing with adversity.

Where There’s Despair, Hope (Stories of Resilience)

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The above heading is an excerpt from the well-known Prayer of St. Francis – a prayer that was heavily publicized and distributed during the troublesome times of World War I and World War II, and cited by religious and political leaders throughout the years. As a wayward Catholic and product of the “Me” generation, I’ve often meditated on the prayer to help me become less self-centered and more caring of others. Lately, it has helped guide me while struggling to comprehend the pandemic and deal with these difficult times. However, these are worrisome times for everyone, especially those who are most vulnerable such as older adults or those with preexisting health problems. Combined with the millions who are struggling to make ends meet or who are unemployed, most people are dealing with varying degrees of hopelessness, loneliness, and despair.

Regardless of our current circumstances and challenges, we all possess our own unique means to persevere. As one of the most adaptable, longest living species on earth, we humans wouldn’t be here otherwise! Your endurance might not be as heroic as climbing Mt. Everest, but it’s just as inspirational. I’m thinking about those who have lost loved ones but carry on despite the emptiness and heartache, or those that are courageously battling a chronic disease, mental illness, or disability and continue to wake up each morning to take on the day. I’m also thinking about our younger generation who face enormous uncertainty about their future but will find ways to adapt and thrive. These are stories of resilience that are most common to us and that can offer hope to others.

As a way for you and future generations to try and make sense of our current situation, I’m putting my documentarian skills to work again. Through either your written submissions, video/voice recordings, artwork, or photographic images, I would like to document how my community is coping during the pandemic. As publisher of the Be Resilient Project and longtime resident of Davis, I’d like to know how you’re holding up and where you are finding hope during these difficult times? In other words, what are your Stories of Resilience?

Here are other questions to reflect on if needed: What sort of lifestyle changes have you made that are helping you cope? What are some of the biggest challenges you’re having to face and what are you doing to overcome them? Is there someone or something that is giving you a sense of purpose to wake up each morning to take on the day? What are you most hoping to do when it’s safe to gather with people again?

What you write, record, or create as a reflection of this past year could give you some peace of mind, but also help others comprehend what we’re collectively feeling as a community. Historians will definitely learn from and appreciate your personal stories of what took place in 2020. My hope is that you will learn something about your own perseverance during a year that none of us will ever forget. Here’s a link to an article that might inspire you to share your story https://thegrowtheq.com/the-secret-to-resilience-a-good-story/

 

Your Submissions

For my Be Resilient Project fitness class participants, especially my retirees, I’d like to reach out to you first. If you’d like to participate in this fitness and mental health project, email or mail me your Stories of Resilience along with scanned artwork, video/voice recordings or current and past photographic images that represent you and your profile. For example, if you write about your spouse, children, friend, or pet, or if you mention that being an artist or nature lover or anything else that inspires you and helps you get through your day, please try to make it part of your image profile.

If you’re grappling with a deep despair and are having trouble finding any hope, I strongly recommend you speak to someone—a therapist, clergy member, counselor, family member, or friend. Similarly, if someone you know seems despondent or hopeless, please reach out to them. In case you need it, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255.

Stories of Resilience

Our foyer is now our gym

Our foyer is now our gym

My husband John and I have been taking the Functional Fitness classes from Steve for the last few years at a local gym. It was the first time we had participated in classes and we quickly appreciated the social aspects of the class (compared to our former solitary...

Thank you, Steve!

Thank you, Steve!

The year of 2020 was a life-changing year. We all learned how important our social life was to our wellbeing. Going forward, we can now appreciate the simple things that we took for granted such as: freedom to travel anywhere anytime, in-person casual conversations...

Soon, but not now

Soon, but not now

While being in "stay at home" mode hasn't always been fun, it hasn't been a real "downer" for me. I have had family to do shopping and other errands, I have had my church services on Zoom as well as my writing class. A retired pastor leads that so there is always an...

Zoom, Zoom!

Zoom, Zoom!

I Zoom, you Zoom, WE ALL ZOOM! As a PwP -- Person With Parkinson’s -- I have had opportunity after opportunity to challenge my “bounce-back” capacity long before Pandemic 2020. What is truly awesome about 2020 and ongoing for me has been a deep sense of how individual...

All of us have the ability to be resilient

All of us have the ability to be resilient

Living during the pandemic has been challenging for me but it has also been a very reflective time as well. About two-and-a-half months ago I had a sewer back up which flooded both of my bathrooms. I had to move to a hotel for several months and, in fact, I just...

Resilience and the breath

Resilience and the breath

I have felt the need to take deep and restful breaths, spend time outdoors, and take on the world the best I could! Exercise class got me through a lot of the year. The voice of Elli Bergor made every yoga class worthwhile. She taught me how a deep yogic breath calms....

Year of COVID-19

Year of COVID-19

Despite being constrained over the last year, I've continued to be extremely active. This pandemic time gave me a chance to sort through heaps of treasures and artifacts from my extensive travels. The date I remember the most was Thursday, March 19, 2020. I was...

We are in this together

We are in this together

The love of a grandchild is irreplaceable, especially during these times. So the pandemic for me… has been a multilevel growth experience. I have found it to be an opportunity as well as making it necessary to find ways to be self-empowered. The Zoom classes...

In the kinship of this world

In the kinship of this world

The things that sustained me throughout my career have sustained me during this challenging time: my love of writing and contemplating the world. In July 2019 I retired after half a century as a university professor in the USA. I was very afraid of having to live...

Getting through the COVID year with Functional Fitness

Getting through the COVID year with Functional Fitness

I hope this photo of me with my wife, Julia Jolly, (who is also a participant in the class) captures how much I have been able to be at peace during the pandemic. Steve always leads us on an interesting journey of self-discovery. Mentally and physically, Steve...

No excuses!

No excuses!

During the pandemic, the Zoom class has been a tremendous help for my physical and mental well-being. It is exercise I can always count on. The weather doesn’t matter, and there is no concern about travel and parking to hold you back from participation. Hence no...

Coach Steve

Coach Steve

My daughters, Emily and Julia pictured with their dad. Photo on left was taken 12 years ago during my stay-at-home dad days, which takes on a different meaning today for parents being ordered to stay at home with their young children. Photo on right was taken recently...

Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith

While we will never forget which year the pandemic overwhelmed us--2020--we’ll also always remember 2020 for its other dramas: the politics, the wildfires, and the protests over racial injustice. It’s been a super difficult year to be homebound. All these forces...

Coach Dan

Coach Dan

My Mom pictured here from two very different eras. The first picture is a couple of years ago and the second is some time in the mid 1970s at my Grandparents house photographed with her late Brother Gordon. Today is December 7, 2020 and this time last year I was...

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