until I say so.” He has my deepest admiration.

An unbelievable example of personal

resiliency has to be Aron Rolston. On April 26, 2003, he cut off his right arm below the elbow with a dull two- inch pocket knife blade. It inspired the movie “127 Hours.” My daughter lent me the movie, but I haven’t had the resiliency to watch it. His arm was pinned under an 800-pound rock in a solo hiking accident and he realized that cutting off his arm was his only hope of survival. I’ve read the story and I shudder when he describes how

he had to throw all his weight several times in order to get the two bones to break. Rolston says the most painful part was when he had to cut the nerve going down the arm with the dull knife. He then had to walk out until he was found, severely dehydrated and having lost about 25 percent of his blood. After the ordeal, he tells people that he didn’t lose an arm but gained a life. Now that is resilience and a positive attitude that none of us know if we have until we are put into a position that calls for it. Thus, if you tend to see the positive side of life and have a determination to make the most of any situation, then you are blessed with a degree of resiliency that I hope never gets tested severely. Resiliency is an inner strength that

you call upon when needed. As it is an inner strength, it is below the

conscious level. The subconscious develops at an early age and influences all of our adult decision- making. These early life decisions (ELDs) are heavily influenced by experiences as a young child that we have cannot recall. Thus, resiliency will be developed in part at this stage of life. One of the indicators will be your level of “positive thinking.” That alone could fill an article in the future, but a person like Tony Robbins would be better qualified than I to write it. Positive thinking has served humans well through the ages, as documented in a book and movie called “The Secret.” Not to ruin the secret, but it is simply: “think positive and positive things happen to you.” While it can’t get any simpler than that, many people have less happy lives because they fail to believe and follow it.

Step one is to work on being more positive. One way to help do that is to take the time to be grateful. We are all truly blessed, perhaps some more than others, and we all have things for which to be grateful. Maintenance tends to be on the negative side of aviation, as we spend our lives looking for something wrong. When we find something wrong, it is going to cost money. You might have saved hundreds of lives by finding the crack in the fan disc, but the initial reaction is likely, “Are you sure?” (As if you don’t know what a crack looks like.) “Those things are %^&* expensive and where am I going to find another one?” Therefore, work on being positive and look for the positive side of all you can.

Step two is to accept reality. This might not be fair, but it is happening. Let’s step back a second and see just what I can control to some degree.

Step three is to consider what productive (positive) thing I can do about it.

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