The Los Angeles Lakers basketball team: A portrait of resilience

For those of us who are avid Los Angeles Lakers fans, viewing the current NBA basketball season was everything but inspiring. Photo: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

SAN DIEGO, California, January 30, 2013 - For those of us who are avid Los Angeles Lakers fans, viewing the current NBA basketball season was everything but inspiring. In fact, watching the Lakers lose games to the point of having low rankings in the Western Conference was heartbreaking.

So what, then, had been going so very wrong, yet now seems so right with recent Lakers wins against the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder? It would seem to indicate a turnaround for them, as they begin to debunk the naysayers and critics.

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill


The Los Angeles Lakers are a shining example of resilience, one of the key qualities listed in my “Living Successful Checklist.”

Due to early injuries of its key players and starters, many Lakers team members were unable to play for weeks, and in some cases, months. It might very well explain their early season lack of success. Or, was it due to the firing of then head coach Mike Brown, followed by the hiring of now head coach, Mike D’Antoni?

As the season has unfolded with key players healing and returning, this exceptional team appears to be harmoniously working towards a winning streak which fans hope may catapult them into the NBA Western Conference playoffs, then possibly even the National Championship.

Through the adversity, challenges, changes, and criticism, the Los Angeles Lakers displayed a critical resiliency. Their ability to overcome great and unpredictable obstacles, coupled with their unstoppable determination, serves as an inspiration to basketball fans and non-fans alike.

According to an article on the Mayo Clinic website about building skills to endure hardship: “When you have resilience, you harness your inner strength that helps you rebound from a setback or challenge…”

Though being resilient in the wake of life’s ups and downs does not guarantee your problems will disappear, it certainly can assist you in getting past them.

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill


Are some of us born more resilient than others? That would be a really difficult question to answer. But, life’s disappointments and uncertainties provide us the opportunity to make choices, and those choices might very well lead to the decision to survive them.

As author Alain de Botton once said “A good half of the art of living is resilience.”

So Lakers fans and non-fans, let’s cheer “Go Lakers Go!” Along with a hearty cheer, let’s also thank them for being a guiding light on a valuable life lesson in resilience.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is President and CEO of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California. In addition to her positions as entrepreneur, health care executive, educator, radio segment contributor and media guest, Edwards-Tate is also a wife, daughter, and dog lover. Read more LifeCycles in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow At Your Home Familycare on Facebook and on Twitter @AYHFamilycare.

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Laurie Edwards-Tate

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today.

Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top  Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service.  Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home.

Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. 

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