A few years ago, while developing resilience tools for my workshops and clients, I wrote this verse.  It was with the intention to explain what resilience meant to me and to inspire others to overcome setbacks, leap over overwhelm and feel encouraged to turn unforseen and unfortunate situations into fortunes.

I hope that after you read it your never give up attitude kicks in and you find the energy to leap over any obstacles that may be your way.

Resilient You – Kirsty O’Callaghan

Resilience, to some, what a big, big word,
Some even shiver each time it is heard.
It may remind them of those who win,
And how they don’t have what it takes and are failing.

They say, “those people are just luckier than me,”
Or, “they have no idea what hardship I endure and see.”
Their motto is “I can’t do that” or “that is impossible”
Or “you just don’t understand, I’m not like you – unstoppable.”

Well let me tell you right here and right now,
Resilient people don’t run with the crowd.
They don’t buy into what is possible and not,
They don’t even accept that this is their lot.

Resilient people endure failure, setbacks and traumatic events,
Then they get up and just take the next steps.
They hurt just like you, and even have thoughts of unfairness,
They just don’t let it stop them; they lift their pain tolerance.

Resilient people don’t say “this is because of you,”
They say instead, “it is up to me to see this through.”
They keep a smile on their face,
Even though, to others, it may seem out of place.

Resilience is to be well, to be happy, and to be better,
So how can this happen without a bit of pressure?
So next time you think you can’t or you won’t,
How about deciding that you can definitely cope.

Maybe, just maybe, this terrible thing is teaching you,
How amazing and capable you are too.
That if you could, for a moment, be positive and regulate that emotion,
You will find a way to grow, learn, create change and forward motion.

So now it is up to you,
You can stand on the sidelines, or you can participate too.
You can play the game, the game that is life,
Love it or hate, it is the only choice that causes winning or strife.

Give yourself meaning, purpose and permission,
That never again will you live in submission.
You will never give up, be resigned to a fate,
It is all up to you, what is it you decide to create?

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  • A really great, inspiring read, thank you.


  • My son has been bullied at school and we believe he has overcome this and become resilient, as we have as a family. We’ve learnt to forgive the bully for their faults and behaviours and my son has grown into an awesome human being and teen who will give anything a go.


  • Great read & poem !


  • I like this article. If you give up every time it gets hard you won’t achieve anything! Look at kids learning to walk – they fall down but get up every time. There’s a lesson in there for us adults!


  • That was a great article. I believe in staying positive/ optimistic. Life brings both ups and downs. It’s up to you as an individual to move forward, grieve but look to the future for the betterment of yourself and your family!


  • What a great poem and has so much meaning.


  • Thanks for sharing this verse – good meaning and good tips.


  • Being positive and believe in ourselves is surely important when we are facing a new challenge. Not always easy, in particular when things constantly go wrong. But perseverance can reward you!


  • I agree that will persistence and motivation we can achieve more than we think.


  • Kristy l love your verse,l think it’s brillant! Thanks.


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