Evidence of Resilience : An Anthology

“It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand. Nothing can undo it; nothing can make it otherwise than as it was……… I only know that it was, and ceased to be; and that I have written, and there I leave it.”

 ― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

     A wound, if left unattended, will fester and ravage the flesh. Likewise, emotions left in disarray will exhaust and slowly consume the mind and the body. It is a cliche to say that 'time heals all wounds,'  I challenge the importance put on time and instead suggest that it is the resilience of the human spirit that repairs damage both psychological and physical.

 

     There are people who appear to glide through life with wind in their sails, and there are those who sink into the abyss never to resurface.  When the sun vanishes and we sink into water blacker than fresh ink, we can not passively wait for a lifeline but instead have to reach with fortitude to an adequate support system in order to return to the surface. Our bodies illustrate the chronicles of our lives and the decisions we have made. Our skin is a somatic palimpsest continuously inscribed with lessons and memories from each chapter of our past. Through life we may become weathered and worn but we are stronger with these new layers of mending and binding holding us together.

     

  Highlighting the evidence of our resilience is a reminder that if we put all that we have into fighting the current, we can emerge from unimaginable depths to swim again with newfound strength.