1. the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
2. ability to recover readily
We all have qualities that we use to survive the blows of life.
Resilience is one I have used so often that when I pull it out it appears dog eared, stained, and more than a little worse for the wear.
I wish I didn’t need to call on resilience so often – it seems like it comes out of my quality pocket nearly every day. But continual use has made it my friend and now I am finding it working for me in situations I would never have thought I needed it.
Just the other day, for instance, I was working on a project with a colleague from another office. She was definitely “rigid”, the antithesis to resilience. It became a tug of war match, each of us vying for our way without thought as to what the right way really was.
Just as I was fixing to start yelling (never a good thing in a business situation), resilience strolled by and whispered in my ear. Do you really have to win this? Isn’t there a better way? Maybe so, I thought and took a breath, something I really needed, and managed to turn the volatile situation around (and even get about 65% of what I wanted out of it – not bad, eh?)
Resilience is a quality that is very…well…resilient, isn’t it?
“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” Robert Jordan
Susan Lee is the author of God’s Law of Attraction, the Believer’s Guide to Success and Fulfillment; Developing Patience and Perseverance in an Impatient World; and others, available through Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle download.