A lesson in dealing with adversity

Resilience and learning from adversity was the focus for the latest Women in Business Regional Network dinner in Strathalbyn.

The guest speaker was Port Pirie member Cheryl Bruce who is inspiring others through sharing her personal experiences of dealing with extraordinary adversities in her life.

She says everyone gets faced with adversity from time-to-time, but it was important to learn from the experiences, rather than have regrets and dwell upon the negative.

Cheryl spoke about coping when her teenage son was jailed for a first offence and rubbing shoulders in Yatala with the infamous Snowtown bodies in the barrel killers.

Then, she shared what life was like when her son was made a paraplegic in a motorcycle accident.  And, now, she is facing further struggles supporting her partner who has dementia, while also reshaping her own life.  Each adversity had prepared her to be able to deal with the next.

Cheryl said she found solace in journaling and recognised that she is stronger than she ever realised.

She said it’s okay to make decisions in your own best interests and to take time out for yourself.

Rather than reflecting on adversity she encouraged those present to reflect on what the experience had taught them and what they had gained, rather than lost.

The next Strathalbyn function for the network will be a dinner on Monday, July 26 when Demelza Thorpe from Powdermonkey Design in Mount Barker will be speaking about small business branding.



At the Women in Business Regional Network dinner were, at back, Bridget Fox, Julieanne Rilstone, Jen Engelhardt, Jill Coombe, Sonya Lorenz, middle row, Denise Fabbro, Debra Weckert and Linda Putland with, at front, Vivienne Goodenough, speaker Cheryl Bruce and Nicole Cleggett.