Resilience is defined as, “The power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.”
Unless you are a filmmaker, you have no idea of what it involves. It takes years and years of ups and downs, to produce 120 minutes of something that will astound the viewer. So what seems like a gazillion minutes are needed for something that only lasts two hours. Somewhere in the midst of all of this, filmmakers begin to wonder if it is worth it. Set backs, road blocks, disappointments, arguments, misunderstandings can derail all of the progress made, unless one is able to see the finished product beforehand. On the map of film-making, it doesn’t necessary say when or where these adversaries will show up. But it is guaranteed they will at some point.
I look up at the above picture of the Town Square in Gettysburg, PA and I see a word to the left – BELIEVE! This little seven letter word has enormous meaning. Do you believe your film is worth every second or the millions and millions of moments of good and bad to make it to the Premiere? I for one believe in mine. There is no question. We will make to the end. We will light up the big screen with our film titles and leading ladies and men, with all of the supporting roles and extras. The credits will grace the names of those responsible for getting us there.
So what about you? Do you believe? If not, you won’t have the necessary resilience to carry on or to bounce back from a set back. You won’t be able to press through road blocks as high as heaven and you certainly won’t be able to get passed the “How are we supposed to do this?” When everything looks as impossible as it seems. But through the eyes of faith and belief, you can move those mountains, cross those seas, and reach for the stars. I know we are and will continue to do so.