Friday, July 20, 2012
The Lesson in The Dark Knight Rises
The new Batman movie opened today here in the U.S., and its a doozy of a film.
Epic in length (close to three hours) and epic in scope and depth, this is an adult superhero movie to be sure. Unlike the Avengers, which was pure comic-book entertainment, The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) is about something very real, something that many know all too much about: how extraordinary adversity can beat you down and toss you into the pit of despair. And how it can be overcome through resilience.
This then will not be a typical movie review. Suffice to say, as a Batman fan, I loved the movie and I give it a hearty recommendation. "Thumbs up" as they say.
Instead, let's look at resilience. What are some of the key ingredients?
Support - The experts on resilience agree that having caring relationships is an important part of the resilience formula. Reaching out, and seeking their help, is the key.
Attitude - There's a saying, "What does not kill you, makes you stronger." That is, if you have the right attitude. The attitude of a survivor, not a victim.
Drive - "Where there's a will, there's a way," the saying goes. The term "will" is an old-school word that means desire driving action. It is essential to resilience.
Do you have the will, to turn your anger about what has happened to you, into a goal? Having the motivation --to not stay down, to get up, and to come back-- makes all the difference.
Resilience is the human capacity to withstand the worst setbacks, and come back stronger than before. If you are in need of this capacity, the good news is, You already have it. It's built in.
You need to recognize it, trust it, and develop it.
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Friday July 20, 2012