Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: December 7, 2020 – My Word of the Year is Resilience…isn’t it obvious?

My Word of the YearMy word of the year differs from mass culture’s. Collins Dictionary, Webster, and came up with their ‘word of the year.’ They are Lockdown and Pandemic, respectively.

They were selected as top words based on popularity and nothing else. As concepts, they are barren and lifeless.

For me, resilience is the word of the year because it points to multidimensional possibilities.

Resilience is timeless. When the lockdown and pandemic are over, resilience will still lead to an admired, valued state; it’s evergreen!

Resilience can be used not just to cope with challenges. But with the right mindset, my word of the year can also be used to help you use everyday challenges to grow.

Resilience is the vaccine for turmoil and anxiety and, we have it right now. The more we practice resilience the more powerful it will grow.

In last week’s message, I shared that I approach life as though what I don’t know is greater than what I do know and try to use each day to close the gap.


So we must stay tuned into resilience because if we forget and let lockdown and pandemic rule our thoughts, We could find ourselves anxious, frustrated, and ready to snap.  

Use your higher mental functions–intelligence and cleverness to stay resilient and grow while moving through the Sahara Desert of lockdown and pandemic.

Before you go, here’s something else to consider:

You can easily “claim” or embrace resilience. You don’t need training programs, certification or therapy. It’s important to have a supportive environment. A system of friends, mentors, coaches and, colleagues that support your efforts, is priceless. Ask anyone involved with AA or Weight Watchers, they give all the credit for success to the support system.

For you personally, understanding outweighs topical information or transitory advice. Recognize that whatever difficulty it is, ‘this, too, shall pass.’ This approach applies to everything in life. Look back on what has happened in your life. Events that were initially frightening usually turn out to be minor or at least tolerable.

Remember Stephen Hawking? He is the father of resilience. Diagnosed at age 21 with ALS, a motor neuron disease that progressively paralyzes every part of the body. The average life expectancy for the condition is a little more than a year. Hawking was given five years at the most—but instead, he lived half a century longer.

I read an article where just before he died Hawking said,
Who could have wished for more? 

Take that inspiration to embrace your resilience….today!


Other people don’t see the trials which men have endured and triumphed over to gain their position. They say, “how lucky he is,” only seeing the resultant light and not the darkness through which they have traversed. Resilience is hard to see. James Allen.