Did you know there are over 100 definitions and explanations for the word resilience? Resilience retains a multitude of meanings.
If one was a verb, they’d use it as an action to actually bounce back, rebound, recall, shrink from and move forward.
Look at you. Modifying life the way you do.
When stretched to maximum capacity, you maintain tenacity through the power of resuming an original shape or position after compression, bending, capable of breaking, but you don’t.
And if you do, you recover quickly or in the amount of time you need to because that’s just what resilient people do. Wow. Stop and marvel. Rest and resist. Be amazed at your ability to exist in the midst of it all.
We can’t control what happens to us, but if we’re doing the self-work, we can control how we respond to it. I’m so proud of you. I’m so proud of you.
I’m so proud of you for withstanding and sticking to it at the rattle of distress and going through it, even though so many awful things have happened. Resilience is a long-lasting superpower that keeps you boosted.
Don’t ever forget, don’t you ever forget you are the evidence and the proof.
There’s nothing you can’t come back from. There’s nothing you can’t do. Every day, something has tried to kill you or threaten your environment. And still you rise entirely your own original superhero, helping other superheroes become superheroes that have been through what you’ve been through. Wow.
Congratulations. Congratulations.
I hope resiliency continues to heal you.


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ebony stewart
Ebony Stewart is an international touring interdisciplinary poet, writer and performance artist. Her work speaks to the Black experience, with emphasis on gender, sexuality, womanhood, queer-positivity and race. She hopes that her work is relatable, removes shame, heals minds, encourages dialogue and inspires folks in marginalized communities. Ebony is a respected coach and mentor, one of the top touring poets in the country and the 2017 Woman of the World Poetry Slam Champion. She has performed in 48 states, at over 200 colleges and universities across the country, as well as internationally in Canada, Australia and Ghana. She is the author of BloodFresh, Home.Girl.Hood., and Love Letters to Balled Fists. Ebony’s one woman show "Hunger and Ocean" has received the B. Iden Payne and the David Mark Cohen New Play awards. Ebony is also a mental health advocate and former sexual health educator. You can connect with Ebony on her website.

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