The dictionary defines faith as the 'complete confidence or trust in someone or something'. It is often used in a religious connotation with the same confidence or trust being about a particular higher power or God.
I often see people putting their faith in me when I tell them to 'just try this' and see what happens. And they do! And then they feel better! It is the moment when you are jumping from one rock to the next and you are mid-air and trusting that you will make it to the other side. (Or ice flow as this winter would have it!!! Lol) Faith is the idea that you are moving towards something that you are trusting is there and that if you keep moving in that direction, you will experience it.
Mother Teresa had faith. Most people know that she lived a simple life as a missionary helping the poor and the sick. But did you know that her father died when she was 8? And that she left home at age 18 to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland and never saw her mother or sister again? That's a hard past I didn't know about her. Most people know that she has a slew of awards as long as your arm including a Noble Peace Prize and Sainthood. However, did you know that she privately she experienced doubts and struggle in her religious beliefs which lasted nearly 50 years? Wikipedia states that "She felt no presence of God whatsoever" She wrote "Where is my faith? Even deep down....there is nothing but emptiness and darkness....If there be God --please forgive me. When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul".
So it was faith that kept her going. It was her belief that helping others mattered and that, ultimately, made her matter in the eyes of the world.
So in terms of resilience skills she exemplified the skills of helping others in order to feel better; having faith that things will get better and practicing gratitude.
We can all learn a lot from her.
Thank you Mother Teresa.