“If you don’t have a dream, how are you going make a dream come true?”
This very steep grand staircase was built to transfer building materials to build a dream.
Created by Spanish immigrant Jose Paronella. His dream was to build a castle inspired by the Catalonian castles, he built the castle and gardens for the pleasure and enjoyment of the public.
It was powered by its own hydroelectric plant and locals came from all around to see movies and eat ice cream, this was big at the time for the area and was a popular place in war time for our soldiers to enjoy.
I visited Paronella Park recently while on holiday in Queensland. It is now a ruin and the current owners are doing what they can to preserve and to continue Jose’s dream.
The story prompted me to think about the resilience of this man, an immigrant with a sense of purpose who would have met many challenges such as fire, storm and flood along the way.
He stuck at it.
So, what is required to strengthen our resilience?
Dialling up a positive outlook, practicing kindness, practicing gratitude and savouring the good times.
Discovering and working with your strengths (the things you are good at and come easily to you. Having a sense of curiosity and playfulness and being mindful.
These have significant impact on our lives and ultimately what help us to feel loved, valued and supported.
Having a sense of what we do is worthwhile and of value to something greater than ourselves.
Setting achievable goals, maintaining grit to persevere and a growth mindset and embracing stress as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Taking care of the physical self with exercise, nutrition and sleep.
Developing a strategy utilising these pillars of mental and physical wellbeing help us to build strength and resources to better deal with life’s twists and turns.
This is based on Professor Martin Seligman's foundations for wellbeing otherwise known as PERMAH.
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