Lidia Celebrates America

Overcoming The Odds

Season 9, Episode 1 of 1

A global pandemic. A life apart from family and friends. An economy that has spiraled out of control, driving millions out of their homes and leaving far too many hungry. And a future that can only be described as "uncertain." This is the world we find ourselves living in today. Yet, despite these overwhelming challenges, we've picked ourselves up and continued to move forward. We're united by our resilience and our drive to find meaning and purpose in our lives, no matter the obstacles. For a long time, people believed that resilience was a trait that you either have or you don't have, but the latest research suggests quite the opposite. There is no "resilience gene" that helps individuals deal with adversity, but rather, resilience is a learnable skill that is available to all of us. Like building a muscle, building resilience takes time and intentionality, but it has never been more important than now. In this hour-long Lidia Celebrates America, Lidia Bastianich travels from big cities to small pockets of rural America, either in person or virtually, to share the inspiring stories of a diverse group of resilient Americans who have overcome extraordinary odds in their own lives, and found purpose in serving their communities. They understand better than most that all of our futures are interconnected. Now more than ever, we need each other to survive and thrive.

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