I find comfort in reading books, the Bible, watching movies of inspiring accounts of resilient individuals. (See the HBO movie Alive Day Memories, Home from Iraq with James Gandolfini—alias Tony Soprano. Go to www.TED.com and search for the video of Jill Bolte Taylor story of how she recovered from a stroke).
Here are examples of books of personal growth and resilience where individuals had to overcome adversities.
- Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
- Lance Armstrong, It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
- Thomas Buergenthal, A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz As a Young Boy
- Romeo Dallaire, Shake Hands With the Devil
- Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
- Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up
- Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
- Edward M. Kennedy, True Compass: A Memoir
- June Cerza Kolf, When Will I Stop Hurting? Dealing With a Recent Death
- Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
- Brook Noel, I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
- Christopher Reeve, Still Me
- Elyn Saks, The Center Cannot Hold
- Nancy Sherman, The Untold War
- J.B. Taylor, My Stroke of Insight
- Terry Waite, Taken On Trust
It is reported that the celebrated warrior Alexander the Great, who was tutored by the philosopher Aristotle, slept with a copy of Homer’s The Illiad, personally annotated by Aristotle, under his pillow because of its military virtue, knowledge and evidence of resilience.