Is being resilient a decision?

James, a former foster youth who holds a master’s degree in social work, parallels his life with that of a half-brother who was in and out of jail, on drugs and involved in gang-related activities.
“It just makes me think,” said James, “we came from the same environment, but what was the transformative change that catapulted us to go on different trajectories?”
Unlike his half-brother, James chose to stay in foster care. He felt that this sometimes horrific route was better than an even worse home environment. Resiliency, to James, was a conscious decision.
So, what does it mean to be resilient? To have grit? There are books describing it, movies written about it, songs sung about it. I recently came across an article entitled “The Grit Factor” in the October 2014 issue of Golf Digest, of all places

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