I just talked with a dear friend on the phone today–she and her son are big advocates for supporting children with mental health diagnoses and encouraging resiliency in everybody (www.resiliencyohio.org).
Resiliency might be seen as giving someone the tools to bounce back and recover in a healthy way in the face of adversity, so the huge ocean waves of life become more like manageable whitecaps.
I often think about how I can help my own children develop resilience as we cope with new and challenging situations living overseas and sending them to local schools.
But my big heroes of resilience here are some of these guys who have been abandoned by all, yet in the nurturing care of a foster parent, begin to come into the person they were created to be.
Here is Daniel, in December 2011, at a visit to the orphanage. Age ~7-8 years.
In March he was granted permission to be fostered, and came in for a number of clinic visits for a myriad of primarily malnutrition-related health problems.
He was one of the skinniest humans I have ever laid eyes on personally, alive.
And now in October, I am seeing him smile for the first time.
I may share more of his story another time, because I am convinced it is still emerging.