The Value of Resilience

If you live long enough, sooner or later you face a major blow, whether it is a single event or a prolonged condition. Whether the trauma is in the past, present or future, the ability to bounce back is what resilience is all about. Sometimes people think of resilience as something you either have or you don’t have. The good news is that it can be cultivated and reinforced at any time. The ideas apply to a person, a community or an organization. Though in a different context, I long ago heard the advice, "make everything count twice." That phrase has stuck with me ever since. However, it has morphed into a new meaning for me, from a message of time management to a message of connection: my healing counted for me, and now I want to share that with others. During and after a very challenging life experience, I journaled and I read – a lot. Eventually, I picked myself up and realized how much I learned and grew. I recently had the opportunity to present about resilience, and in preparation I revisited my journals and noted some of the most important sources of information. I’ll share with you here those references, and hope you will find some wisdom, as I did. The themes that emerged for me fell under these four categories:
  • Finding your antidote to isolation
  • Healing as an active process
  • Personal empowerment
  • Viewpoint and attitudes
I hope this is a springboard for you to find your inner wisdom and seek more knowledge. You can do it! As promised, here are those references: Brené Brown. Rising Strong. 2015 Cain, Susan. Quiet: the Power of Introverts. 2013 Hagerty, Barbara Bradly. Life Reimagined: the Science, Art and Opportunity of MidLife. 2016 Solomon, Andrew. TED Talk: How the worst moments of our lives make us who we are. 2014 This one is about 20 minutes long. Click the title to go see it now.