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Do you bounce, or do you fall?


How resilient are you when life gets to you?

How resilient are you when life gets to you?

On our voyage through the 10 steps to happiness, we reach an interesting one this week – Resilience. Look it up in the dictionary, and you get the following definitions:

resuming it’s original shape after bending, stretching, compression

readily recovering from shock, depression

It comes from the Latin word resilio, which means to jump back, and describes our ability as humans to deal with and bounce back from difficult circumstances or adversity. Two things  interest me most here.

Firstly, from my experience as a physiotherapist (physical therapist), when someone bends or is stretched in one direction, especially when stretched to their physical limit, several factors enable them to recover their original standing posture – to bounce back.

  • good strength, especially core strength (deep stomach and back muscles).

  • good balance

  • a stable base of support

The parallels are easy to see:

When hard times hit, where does our strength come from?

What has life taught us thus far that equips us for what is ahead, assuming we take the time to learn those lessons?

On what principles is our life based, our value system from which we derive strength?

Secondly, how balanced are we?

Do we take appropriate care of ourselves, and get the physical, mental, spiritual and relational input we need to resource us and prepare us for adversity?

And thirdly, how stable are our support networks – whom would we call on in crisis?

Who is there in our life that energises us, inspires us, nourishes and feeds our soul?

And to whom do we do that, as it works both ways.

Equally, with whom do we celebrate the little and big things in life?

The second thing that strikes me as important when considering resilience is it’s position within the 10 steps. Some of this I have alluded to already, but think about it with me – if you are already in the habit of giving, have a strong network of close, meaningful relationships, regularly care for your body through exercise, learn to enjoy the moment and appreciate the present, are being stretched and growing in self-confidence through trying new things, and have clear goals and direction for your life, then it follows that resilience will be, in part, fruit of those life choices. Resilience can be learned. We can not always choose what happens to us. But we can choose how we respond, what our behaviour and attitudes will be, and we can choose to learn from our circumstances and in so doing, grow in character.

Try this – stand up, reach as far as you can in one direction without falling over. Then return to your original position. How strong are you? How balanced? And what of your base of support? Take action now on one of the other steps to build your resilience and grow in happiness.

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