UNITED WE STAND

2/21/16

Curt Patrouille came to campus to speak on the topic of resilience. He was in the military and served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. Patrouille gave examples with an egg, basketball, and tennis ball. The egg symbolized a non-resilient person that doesn’t try. The basketball symbolized the typical person that bounces back to the time before. Then the tennis ball symbolizes a person using resilient tools that bounces back to be stronger than before. There are times when difficult situations make you stronger. Patrouille shared about his own personal story and how times would bring him down, but how he would overcome. Developing resiliency is different for everyone. It’s easy to emphasize the bad things in our life, but Patrouille encouraged us to “hunt the good stuff.” By dwelling on the negatives, we get torn down. During the lecture, Patrouille gave us a few references of stories that involved perseverance and resiliency. One was the book Escape from the Box. This book was written by Colonel Edward Hubbard. He spent 150 days in captivity and 28 days in confinement. He decided at that time in life that from then on every day would be a good day. Another story that he shared with us was Team Hoyt. Hoyt had special needs, and when he was born, the doctor told his parents to institute Hoyt. The parents refused to do so, and soon he started to respond. The parents built a computer that allowed him to hit letters with his head. He went to school and graduated in special education. One day, he asked his father to push him in race, and Hoyt’s father agreed. When Hoyt’s father was pushing him, Hoyt said that he felt like he wasn’t paralyzed. Since then, the father and son duo participate in Iron men, biking, triathlon, and more. Patrouille also shared his ten 2-letter words for success, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” For the next two weeks, he challenged us to write down the good things that happened three times. Reflect on why it made you feel good. He told us that by doing so, the emphasis on the negatives will diminish and the good will go through the roof. So, why do we need resilience? Patrouille stated, “Don’t let other dictate the meaning of success in your life.” We have the power to decide how our lives will be, and how we decide to look at the world around us in good or bad situations. Patrouille ended with his major nuggets of his presentation included, don’t sweat the little stuff, never stop learning, and we all have wolves. There are two wolves inside of us. One that is fed by fear, anger, arrogance, lies, and insecurities. Then the other is fed by kindness, truth, faith, courage, and happiness. The question is, which wolf will you feed?

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