I snapped my feature photo on an early morning walk about two weeks ago. These petunias were still blooming yesterday, and are still as vibrant and perfect as they were when I took the photo.

Despite the lower nighttime temperatures here, a few hardier flowers (especially petunias and some varieties of roses), are continuing to bloom.

The more delicate flowers have long since given up to the cooler autumn weather and won’t show themselves again for several months.

People are a bit like the flowers, aren’t they? Some wither with difficult times and recovery for them takes a long time. Others seem to handle stressors with strength and determination. These people seemingly suffer no setback at all or if they do, they bounce back quickly as though they’re wearing protective armour.

Photo Note: I took the original photo into Snapseed where I did a tiny bit of tweaking with the tune image tool. I then added some vignette, as I often do with flower photos. I like how darkening the outer areas of a flower photo seems to enhance the flower itself.

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”

Elizabeth Edwards