Grow resilience to meet life’s challenges

By Fall 2017


If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than the subject of our cover story.

Marie Laure Leclercq was the first lawyer to transition in a major Montreal law firm. Today, it’s still not easy for transgender individuals to work, live and love even though society is a lot more open. But it took a special kind of courage to transition at a time when the world was much more hostile to people who challenged societal norms. Her journey, as you will read, was not an easy one. However, deep inner strength and the support of friends and colleagues helped her achieve a satisfying new life.

We hear a lot today about the importance of resilience in meeting life’s challenges. Even if we’re not dealing with the kind of profound personal transformation that Leclercq faced, everyone is coping with the stress of change in their personal and professional lives brought about by everything from career setbacks and health worries to upheavals at work and in the marketplace.

In a book called Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy, Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg discuss resilience in the face of grief, but their advice also applies to handling some of life’s other challenges. One observation: Helping other people can enhance your own strength.

Reaching out to others takes you outside of yourself and helps build resilience. Marie Laure Leclercq encountered many barriers during her journey but she also found support in unexpected quarters. Today she’s a tireless champion of the LGBTT community.

When you’re buffeted by life’s changes, don’t go it alone. And remember that helping others fight their battles will shore up your strength to face whatever’s around the corner.

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