A-Z Career Challenge: R = Resilience

I’m writing this today with a very heavy heart in the wake of news that we did not receive the miracle we’ve hoped for here in West Virginia. After an explosion in a coal mine on Monday, our state, and to some degree the nation, have been holding our collective breath praying the four remaining miners would somehow have made it to a safety chamber and be pulled out alive.

Around midnight last night, we found out this would not be the case.

As I think about the emotional toll of this week, I remember the families of the victims and their stories. The father who was just coming out of the mine as his son was going in. The 30+ year veteran who was due to retire in five weeks and take a cruise with his family. The sister of a foreman who was unshakable in her faith that his experience and training would save him. I also think about Governor Joe Manchin, who I heard has been sleeping in his car because the closest hotel to Naoma is 40 miles away.

All too often, we take a beating here in the Mountain State for being a little rough around the edges, but it’s times like these when I’ve never been prouder to call myself a West Virginian. We are exceptional, resilient people and, in the coming days, we will honor our lost, we will mourn for them… and we will carry on in their memory.

What does this have to do with your career? I have no idea, other than a deeply personal understanding of the fact that fighting through pain is the best way to heal. You can’t go around it, avoid it, cover it up, or pretend it isn’t there. You have to face it – head on – and emerge on the other side.

And I know we will.

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