Resilience, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “is the ability to recover from, or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” When I adopted my dog Serena 6 months ago, I had no idea how much this word
would mean to me. The night I brought Serena home, she was afraid of everything (especially loud noises), and almost seemed to shrink into herself. She slept a great deal during those initial weeks, and could barely walk half a block without planting her feet and stalling in fear. It took 3 months before I could take her on a walk with ease. 4 months post-adoption something changed inside of my dog. On one of our evening walks, she decided to walk in front of me instead of behind me. Not only was she walking out in front of me, but she looked like she was prancing. She acted like she was the cutest and coolest dog around. As I approach the 6 month marker, Serena is a completely different dog. She loves meeting people, she’s not afraid of every noise she hears, and she walks easily. She has become a happy dog who greets people with joy. In short, Serena has become resilient. Why share this story about my dog? Because I learned a valuable lesson from Serena. Resilience is one of the keys to success in life. We will experience setbacks and challenges in life. The important thing is to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and try again. It encourages us to never give up when working towards our goals.