I know from much terrible personal experience what it’s like to go through a dark period in life. During these times, it can be difficult to find happiness or peace. This is especially true when our bodies seem to be betraying us through chronic illness and disease.
Our Western world is very oriented towards external, material success, but what is true “wealth”? It’s not money, or fame, or influence.
Robin Williams, one of the most beloved comedic actors of all time, sadly took his own life out of fear of Parkinson’s Disease. In contrast, Michael J. Fox, suffering from a more advanced version of the same disease, chose to spend his energies helping others by raising both awareness and money. Robin Williams probably had more going on that spurred the suicide than just the physical disease. Was he depressed? Had he been depressed long before the physical illness set in?
No matter how much money you have, it doesn’t make up for a lack of emotional resilience and faith. And no matter how little money you have, you can have an abundance of emotional resilience and faith.
Personal resilience is an important quality that can help us through tough times. It’s that quality that also helps us bounce back and pick up the pieces after a setback or tragedy happens.