Resilience has been on my mind over the last week. This quote from Rachel Carson puts words on some of my jumbled incoherent thoughts. We need to foster resilience. We need ‘reserves of strength’ to see us through the highs and lows of daily life.
Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.
– Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
And our characters will have varying degrees of resilience. How do they foster that ability to keep going, keep putting one foot in front of the other? Showing how they deal with all that life throws at them will indicate how much, if any, ‘reserves of strength’ they’ve learned to cultivate. Our job as writers is to put those life situations, and their aftermath, into their lives.
As always, easier said than done.
Keep plodding on! Happy writing.