How to build resilience in adversity:The power of resilience



This is an excerpt from the book titled: the power of resilience written by Michael Edison


Our world often presents us with unexpected difficulties, yet resilience is the root of our strength. Already within ourselves lies an unwavering determination, enabling us to overcome hardships and create success out of adversity. This spirit strengthens in the face of difficulty, pushing through even during despair, emerging victorious regardless of odds. Crucially, nowhere do we see this spirit more evident than from those in Africa and beyond.


Stay on as we illuminate the path to triumph together, shedding light on how individuals cultivate resilience amidst real-life struggles. Moreover, we will chart a transformative course, providing a personalized roadmap to unlock the inner strength that resides within each and every one of us because we are all wired with this dogged spirit. This book will exposed so many reasons one should never throw in the towel. life may continuously present to us excruciating pains, however, whatever the situation may be, your concerns are valid but there has never been an excuse to giving up because there are those who have pass through it into victory at last.


The African culture is a rich one, from the glorious empires of Ethiopia, Mali and the city of Benin kingdom to the continual battle against colonization and a never ending aspiration for liberty. It stands as proof of the indomitable will that resides in its citizens.

Many individuals of Africa are resilient in the face of great difficulty. They draw on their cultural roots, communal aid, and trust in their own strengths to carry on. These capacities they show is a testament to the power of courage and perseverance.


This book will demonstrate the capability of resilience in those individuals who have persevered against seemingly insurmountable odds. Even when faced with an environment which stifles ambition and crushes hopes, these determined characters have found ways to flourish and their inspiring stories motivate us to keep fighting, regardless of the tears we may shed along the way, for ultimately it is only until victory is achieved that our struggle will be over.

From remote rural villages to bustling cities; through the legacy of colonialism to current challenges of poverty, nepotism, and religious crisis; through terrorism and violence inflicted by Africans on each other; stories of resilience emerge. These narratives are a reminder that no matter how hard things may seem, people have the strength to triumph over their circumstances, to adapt and flourish.

The power of the human spirit is not limited by geography or culture. From strife-ridden Middle Eastern countries to the poverty of South America, people and groups remain tenacious in times of struggle. Such strength defies borders and surpasses all other bounds.

The route to success can be chaotic and difficult, but light is shed on it when we learn from our mistakes. The path to achievement becomes clearer when we use our past mistakes as stepping stones towards victory. By acknowledging the errors of the past, we gain valuable insight into the best way forward, thus paving the way to triumph.

It is possible to cultivate resilience amidst real-life struggles by using certain strategies. These strategies can help one develop a stronger inner strength, enabling them to cope better with any issues they face. Developing such a strength is beneficial as it allows one to make the best out of any situation life throws at them.


How to Cultivate Resilience amidst Real-Life Struggles

The power of resilience is not a trait bestowed upon a select few; it is a skill that can be nurtured and developed. Illuminating the path to triumph, we delve into the strategies and practices that individuals use to cultivate resilience amidst real-life struggles.

We encounter stories of individuals who have faced personal tragedies, shattered dreams, and profound loss, yet managed to find strength and purpose within their darkest moments. They exemplify the power of resilience, demonstrating how it can be harnessed to not only survive but to thrive.

We explore the power of self-belief and mindset, understanding how shifting our perspectives and reframing challenges can empower us to find opportunities for growth and transformation. We delve into the importance of cultivating a strong support network, drawing upon the power of human connection to provide solace, guidance, and encouragement along the journey.

Furthermore, we uncover the significance of self-care and resilience-building practices, such as mindfulness, gratitude, and physical well-being. These practices nourish our mind, body, and soul, equipping us with the stamina and emotional fortitude to weather the storms of life.



A Personalized Roadmap to Inner Strength

As we navigate through the intricacies of resilience, we recognize that the journey is unique for each individual. There is no one-size-fits-all approach; rather, it requires a personalized roadmap to unlock our inner strength.

As we further in this chapter, you will discover practical tools, exercises, and insights to help you chart a transformative course towards resilience. I encourage introspection and self-reflection, guiding you to identify your strengths, values, and sources of inspiration. We delve into the power of goal-setting and resilience-building habits, enabling you to create a roadmap tailored to your aspirations and circumstances.


Through the exploration of real-life stories, research-based evidence, and practical exercises, this book will equip you with the tools necessary to cultivate resilience in your own lives. it empower you to embrace adversity, navigate uncertainty, and emerge stronger, wiser, and more resilient on every side.

This book, “The Power of Resilience”  is a beacon of hope and inspiration for those who seek to rise above adversity and embrace a life of greater strength and fulfilment. It explores the transformative journey of resilience and offers insights into the real-life struggles faced by individuals in Africa and throughout the world. By delving into these experiences, we gain a deeper understanding of the human capacity for resilience and the profound impact it can have on our lives.

As we delve deeper into the power of resilience, we unlock the boundless potential that lies within us all. We discover that resilience is not a fixed attribute but a skill that can be nurtured, honed, and grown.


So, let us embark on this remarkable journey together. Let us draw upon the rich tapestry of human experiences, acknowledging the struggles, celebrating the triumphs, and cultivating resilience that transcends borders and connects us as a global community. In the pages that follow, you will discover the power within you, the light that guides you, and the roadmap that leads to a life of unwavering strength and boundless possibilities.



Tool 1. The Tool of Daily Appreciation Jar

Instruction: I’ll encourage you to pause at this stage, get any glass Jar that resonate with you and label it, “ my appreciation Jar’ you may wish to call it “ a miracle jar” miracle because indeed a miracle is about to take place in your life after you walk this path with me.


I invite you to embark on a transformative journey towards cultivating resilience and gratitude by using a simple yet powerful tool: the Daily Appreciation Jar. Through this practice, you will gain a deeper understanding of your own resilience and progress, while embracing the beauty of small victories and moments of appreciation in your life.

To begin, find a jar that resonates with you. It could be a beautiful glass jar, a colorful container, or even a mason jar adorned with ribbons. Choose something that brings you joy and reflects your unique personality.


Next, gather small pieces of paper, roughly the size of a post-it note. These will serve as your canvas for expressing your daily appreciation or celebrating small victories. Cut or tear them, preparing a stack to use in the days ahead.

Now, set a daily routine that works best for you. Find a moment in your day when you can pause, reflect, and embrace gratitude. It could be in the morning as you sip your coffee, in the evening before bed, or during a peaceful break in the middle of your day.


When the time comes, reflect on your day and identify something you appreciate or a small victory you experienced. It could be a heartfelt conversation, a step towards a goal, a moment of joy, or an act of kindness you received. Write down this appreciation or victory on one of the small pieces of paper.

As you fold the paper, take a moment to visualize the significance of what you’ve written. See it as a symbol of your resilience and progress, capturing the essence of your journey.


With a sense of purpose and commitment, place the folded paper inside the jar. Repeat this practice every day, adding a new piece of appreciation or victory to your collection. Consistency is key, as it allows the jar to become a reservoir of positive moments, reminding you of your resilience and the beauty that exists in your life.

As time passes, watch your jar fill up with these tokens of gratitude and triumph. Each piece of paper represents a moment when you chose resilience, acknowledged the good in your life, or celebrated your progress. The jar becomes a visual testament to your strength and growth.


Periodically, take moments to reflect on the contents of your jar. Read through the appreciations and victories you’ve written, allowing the memories and emotions to wash over you. Celebrate how far you’ve come, the challenges you’ve overcome, and the resilience that resides within you.

Feel free to personalize your jar further. Add inspiring quotes, symbols, or images that speak to your heart. Make it a cherished artifact that uplifts you and brings a smile to your face.


Through the Daily Appreciation Jar, you have the power to nourish your resilience, foster gratitude, and illuminate the path ahead. Embrace this practice with an open heart, and may each piece of paper you add to your jar serve as a reminder of your strength and determination.



I’d like to share a personal anecdote that beautifully illustrates the power of appreciating the small victories in life. It was a challenging period in my own journey, filled with setbacks and doubts. I found myself struggling to see the light amidst the darkness, questioning my ability to bounce back from adversity. I questioned everything around the possibility of me coming to light, becoming something reasonable in life. I’ve always crave for a future where my kids will be proud and boost of me as their father, both in private and openly. The more I dream, the more it seems farther and impossible, first I have been writing since I was basically fourteen years, fifteen years forward, I had nothing to nothing to show.


Depression knew my address. The feeling of worthlessness was not farther than every thirty minutes from me. Did I contemplate suicide? Oh yes! This reflected in the hundreds of dark poems I have in my collection. There was a day I stumbled on a question “which is easier, to forgive others or to forgive oneself?” I knew that I could easily forgive others than forgive myself.


One day, feeling particularly depressed, broken, disheartened and worthless as usual, I stumbled upon the concept of the Daily Appreciation Jar. Intrigued, I decided to give it a try, hoping that it might bring a glimmer of positivity to my days.

As I embarked on this practice, I made a commitment to myself to find something to appreciate or acknowledge a small victory each day, no matter how small or insignificant it may have seemed. At first, it was difficult to shift my focus away from the challenges I faced. But I persisted, determined to find the silver linings hidden within the shadows.


As the days turned into weeks, and the weeks into months, something magical began to happen. I started noticing the subtle moments of triumph that I had previously overlooked, the little comments I receive from my works when I posted them online, the smile of a stranger, a heartfelt compliment from a colleague, a personal breakthrough in a project I was working on. These were the small victories that had always been present, but I hadn’t given them the attention they deserved. I discovered that I have been dealing hardly against myself.


I gradually realized that I deserve more, with each piece of paper I added to the jar, my perspective started to shift. I realized that resilience wasn’t just about tackling big obstacles head-on; it was also about appreciating the small victories and finding joy in the journey.

The turning point came when I faced a major setback, a project I had poured my heart and soul into didn’t yield the desired outcome. In the past, such a setback would have crushed my spirit, leaving me disillusioned and defeated. But this time, I found solace in the Daily Appreciation Jar.


As I reached into the jar and unfolded one of the small notes, I was reminded of all the moments of resilience and progress I had celebrated along the way. I saw the strength I had cultivated, the hurdles I had overcome, and the growth I had experienced. It was a powerful reminder that setbacks were merely detours on the path to resilience, not roadblocks to my progress.


That day, I mustered the courage to pick myself up, dust off the disappointment, and forge ahead. I approached the challenge with renewed determination, armed with the knowledge that every step forward, no matter how small, was worthy of celebration. It was then I established the conviction that I will become anything and everything I want to be. I will write and millions of people will get to be inspired by my stories.


It was through appreciating the small victories that I learned to cultivate resilience in the face of adversity. The Daily Appreciation Jar became more than just a collection of notes, it became a symbol of my strength, a tangible reminder of the power that resides within each of us to navigate life’s challenges with unwavering determination.

So, dear reader, I encourage you to embark on this beautiful practice with an open heart and an eager spirit. Embrace the small victories, cherish the moments of appreciation, and witness the profound impact they can have on your resilience journey.


As you digest every content of this book further, may your Daily Appreciation Jar be filled with a tapestry of triumphs, serving as a constant reminder of your unwavering strength and the beauty that lies within the smallest of times. May you realized that, that which you have set your mind at, is possible and even though it will seem impossible, you will be fixed at possibilities.


Tool 2.         Resilience Board

Let me share with you one extraordinary tool that help me build mental resilience, you may agree with me that life has not presented bed of roses to a lot of people, however, “ bed of roses” is subjective, it mean different things to different people. Whatever that may imply to you, when you are at the other side, this is one tool that has the power to ignite your mental resilience and serve as a beacon of inspiration during the toughest of times, it is called “ the Resilience Board”. This is not just an ordinary collection of quotes, photos, and images; it is a tangible representation of your unwavering strength and determination.


Imagine creating a physical or digital board that becomes your personal sanctuary of resilience a visual tapestry of hope and motivation. It’s a place where you curate a collection of quotes that speak directly to your soul, photos that capture the essence of resilience, and images that symbolize the unwavering spirit within you.


Like me, If you opt for a physical board, find something that resonates with your style a beautifully crafted bulletin board or a magnetic whiteboard that you can adorn with your chosen inspirations. Make it a masterpiece that not only catches your eye but also stirs your emotions whenever you glance at it. I prefer the physical resilience board because of it power to radiate instant mental refreshment at the very entrance of the room. It rekindles instant hope and reshuffles the mental imageries to one that revives and strengthens your physical wellness.

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