Thursday, April 3, 2014


What is resilience? How does someone become resilient?

What would happen if everything were "easy" in life? What happens when people endure and overcome difficult circumstances?

In our jewelry class this term we are exploring resilience and strength. Just as the flame strengthens metal, difficult circumstances strengthen the human spirit. YOU are more resilient than you think. YOU are stronger than you think. Let's learn more about strength and resilience in these wonderful videos:

Resilient Historical Figures (there are many, MANY more!):

1. Abraham Lincoln
2. Frederick Douglass
3. Maya Angelou
4. Babe Ruth
5. Jackie Robinson
6. Dr. Seuss
7. Harriet Tubman
8. Franklin D. Roosevelt
9. Michael Jordan
10. Walt Disney
11. Helen Keller
12. Chuck Close
13. Stephen Hawking
14. Christopher Reeves
15. Amelia Earhart
16. Sacagawea
17. Frida Kahlo
18. Tina Turner
19. Alice Walker
20. Gloria Marie Steinem
21. Elizabeth Blackwell
22. Martin Luther King, Jr.
23. Dr. Temple Grandin
24. Ray Charles
25. J.K. Rowling
26. Wright Brothers
27. David Peltzer
28. Dalai Lama
29. Albert Einstein
30. Elie Wiesel
31. Anne Frank
32. Ghandi
33. David Faber
34. Nelson Mandela
35. Thomas Edison
36. Malala Yousafzai
37. George Dawson
38. Melba Patillo Beals
39. Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng and Alephonsian Deng
40. Susan G. Komen

After watching a great TED Talk about happiness, I have to include this quote in this post:
“I am the happiest man alive. I have that in me that can convert poverty to riches, adversity to prosperity, and I am more invulnerable than Archilles; Fortune hath not one place to hit me.”
~ Thomas Browne

A BIG thanks to Mrs. Kerr for the idea! Thank you!