Sunday, 2 September 2007

Thought for the Day: Resilience

A new MayoClinic.com feature on resilience defines people with resilience as those who "harness inner strengths and rebound more quickly from a setback or challenge, whether it's a job loss, an illness or the death of a loved one." The feature offers a checklist to test your resilience quotient and tips on becoming more resilient, such as building your relationships, using humor and having goals.

The question I ask is, how quickly do we have to 'rebound' from a loss or a hardship to be considered resilient? How do we know we have these inner strengths, never mind having to 'harness' them?

I believe that the simple act of getting up every morning, in the face of adversity and loss and pain and all that life throws at us, is an act of bravery of the greatest proportions. Resilient people go forward, even when it feels like they are spinning in place, or going backwards.

I believe that we are all more resilient than we can even imagine.
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