Gratitude is the secret sauce of resilience. Just look at this poor guy. He lost his barn. It burned to the ground. I’m willing to bet he lost more than just the structure. I imagine he lost farming equipment or animals or both. That sounds like his livelihood and that’s a lot to lose. And yet, he’s found something for which he’s grateful.

Now he can see the moon.

Let that sink in.

The folks at Better Help talk about the impact that perception of adversity has on reactions to it, saying, “Some people view adversity and obstacles as indicators that they can’t make it in life or that life is stacked against them; on the other hand, certain individuals perceive adversity as an opportunity to grow, become stronger, and rise to higher heights.”

And still, others, while growing, becoming stronger, and rising to higher heights, find something to be grateful for in the midst of the difficulty that’s befallen them. Gratitude makes the unbearable less so. It gives us a place of peace from which to regroup. In short: Gratitude is the secret sauce of resilience.

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Book cover of BOUNCE: A Memoir of Resilience

BOUNCE: A Memoir of Resilience is available on Amazon.

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Editorial and Reader Reviews

“Brimming with heart and humor, this emotional journey encourages readers to embrace life.” ―Kirkus Reviews (Read the entire review.)

“I read it in one day, and I’m not an avid reader. This is a story that is at times heartbreaking, at times heroic, and throughout, laced with humor that keeps one smiling. I couldn’t put it down. This true story will leave you cheering for the author and believing in hope and resilience.” ― 5-Star Amazon Reader Review

“What a gift McCorkindale has given us. This well-written book inspires and offers the tools readers need to get through life’s surprises. An emotional, funny, real, heartfelt, easy-to-read book that seems like a conversation with a friend. Highly recommend.” ― 5-Star Amazon Reader Review

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