Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Resilience- In Daily Life

Resilience is much more than the ability to bounce back. Resilience requires embracing the challenges of life and working with them, rather than moving around them, avoiding or withdrawing from them. It is changing the thoughts of fear and despair into faith and hope. Two important ingredients of resilience are positive energy and good health.

How does one work with the challenge? It is possible when we look at it as an opportunity for growth, self improvement, thus transforming a difficulty into development. Suffering in human life is actually like an engine of human development. Suffering brings riches we could find in no other way that is why it is necessary to go through it, learning and developing all throughout and thus getting victory over it. Vicissitudes of life are means to shape our character. When adversity is faced by a resilient spirit, you are actually transforming it into discovery and development and thus making a good fortune out of it.


When something goes wrong do you get better or bitter? Getting better is resilience. Life tests us and our capacity to cope, and the more we can cope up with; the richer and fuller our life gets. We have to learn to spring back after suffering through difficult and stressful times in one's life, to bounce back with more power and energy. It is more about surviving and thriving after trauma.

Resilient people face challenges and they do not break down. They know how to soothe themselves without being victims. They make it through the mire. These individuals redefine their world and create a new and successful life. When unpleasant things happen, they are ready to respond in a productive way. The skill sets involved revolve around the ability to move on after a set-back, regrouping after a defeat, learning quickly from mistakes, turning a negative into a positive. Resilience is a form of marketplace elasticity. It allows anyone involved to stretch and bend - to rebound without breaking under the most turbulent of situations. And we all know if you don’t bend your break. Faced with any situation, try all the options: amend it, adapt to it, avoid it and if nothing possible accept it as it is, this too shall pass.

When you are driving your car and another driver is driving wrong and coming head on to hit you, the first and foremost reflex is to save ourselves, we do not go ahead and collide for an accident with him, we have to save ourselves first. Similarly in life even if other person is doing wrong or harming us, don’t go head on avoid that accident at first place. We have to be first concerned about our self, don’t spoil your own health and peace of mind for someone else, learn to first love yourself, don’t harm your own self. Once you have saved yourself from that head on, now you have extra energy to sort this issue positively.

The better approach is to be open and flexible, to be appreciative of whatever good you do find in your daily circumstances, rather than focusing on bigger questions, such as ‘Will I be happy if I move to another city or a better job?’ or ‘Will I be happy if I get married?’ But life is a journey and no destination. So what you do along the journey is most important.

Taking time to relax and breath is key to developing resilience. Resilience is to be woven deeply into the fabric of the human soul. Throw us an obstacle, and we grow stronger, resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated. The great news is that emotional resilience is something that everyone can develop, and the first step to it id to decide that you want to develop resilience and second step is to stay determined and third step is to make persistent and consistent efforts to keep working on it. 

Don’ t Give Up

13 comments:

  1. Sonia I am very happy I found your blog and what you have said about resilience is very true :) Being resilient helps you to be happy even in adversities and helps you to remain sane...Wonderful pictures apt for this topic and especially the last one provides me with lots of encouragement :)

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  2. Love the blog. I like your analogy to defensive driving and real living. Thanks. I'm following now.
    Christina
    http://iwritechildrensbooks.blogspot.com

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  3. A wonderful and expresssive message - and lovely writing, thank you! I recently read a novel by Lionel Shreiver that took a choice in a woman's life and split off into two stories, depending which choice she made - ultimately showing that the choice in itself, even if it seems HUGE at the time, is not really the thing - it's what you do along the way.

    Peryl (MBC - I'm here - http://blog.seattlepi.com/parentingadabsurdum/, my login is for an old blog; haven't figured out how to fix it!)

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  4. Thanks for appreciating @ life is beautiful, keep revisiting for more. It is people like you who inspire me to write.

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  5. Hi Jack, lovely message from story, you have shared, wonderful.

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  6. Hi there! Following you from MBC!
    Hope you can visit and follow my blogs too.
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    See you around.

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  7. Absolutely fabulous blog. Right on target with what I have been writing about. Truth is always empowering. Thank you. cj

    http://killsuperwoman.blogspot.com

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  8. Oh - I am following via MBC!

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  9. Thanks Maria, wonderful to see u here, shall check your blog too

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  10. Thanks for visiting & appreciating CJ

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  11. This is very encouraging...thx for being the real teacher! I appreciate ur enlighthening blog & look forward to reading more.....Cheers!

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  12. Thanks, PS for inspiring and encouraging me too write. :)

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