Rewards Through Resilience

Struggle is a real-world phenomenon, particularly if we want to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. The struggles we face can be as routine as dealing with the traffic to get to our place of work on time. We may also struggle with physical or mental illness, a family dynamic that is not improving, or a difficult job. In extreme cases, some must live through oppression and life-threatening events brought on by an oppressive regime.


Struggle is an effort to gain freedom from constraints, to withstand or overcome obstacles, or to work against competing forces in order to make a meaningful change or difference. Whether we encounter frequent struggles or only a few, we all must face them, not necessarily by choice. We are aware of the pain and difficulties associated with struggles as well as the feeling of gratification and relief when we withstand, outlast, or overcome them. We learn from struggles, together with building strength of character and resilience the next time we encounter similar challenges. How we engage and overcome struggles shapes our attitudes and perspectives regarding our lives and our ability to make a difference in the lives of others.