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October 04, 2012

How to Cultivate Resilience, or What It Takes to Keep on Keeping on

By Mark Sisson
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It’s the utter resolve I’ve seen in a training client who lost his legs in an accident and now runs marathons with the use of prosthetics. It’s the friend who lives with a medical condition that imposes debilitating pain and continues to run a successful business, raises a tight-knit family, and volunteers in his community. It’s any of us who pick ourselves up after a profound loss or life transition, who decide exceptionally challenging circumstances aren’t going to keep us from leading fulfilling, grateful lives. I’m also mindful of those who may have struggled through the recent 21-Day Challenge, but don’t want to give up just days after it has ended. If that’s you, listen up.

Resilience can encompass the emotional and physical stamina to get through a patch of rough weeks or bounce back from illness or injury. Even more dramatically, however, resilience can mean the fortitude to deal – and even grow – with life-changing setbacks.

There’s no romanticization here. Resilience isn’t a superhero trait. We talk of “conquering” limitations, beating back disease, overcoming loss. The reality is much more complex. Those friends and clients who have been amazing models of resilience have also been fully, richly human. Not every day is a good day. Not every step leads you forward. Not every battle is won. We all pick ourselves up at some point, and some days we let ourselves stay “down” a little longer than others. We feel what we need to feel. The pivotal point is recovering yourself and reengaging your life on renewed terms.

Psychologists have examined the phenomenon of resilience as a varying characteristic among people. Some people, when faced with hardship seem buoyed by a sense of perspective and energy. They are more likely to get back on the horse while others struggle more intensely. Resilience appears to be a trait influenced by our individual brains themselves – our molecular mechanisms that process stress to be more precise.

More so, however, it’s a mindset that can be cultivated, a flexibility in engaging the rough and tumble of life as well as a willingness to live with ambiguity. It’s perhaps also an art we can undertake, a richness we can weave into the support and substance of our lives. The more resilient we are, research shows, the more satisfaction we tend to garner from life.

The Primal question is how can we cultivate resilience in ourselves? How can we design a life that encourages optimum thriving – and supports us most when life challenges us head on.

Exercise

Good solid health with all the basics in line will do you right every time. Sleep, diet, and movement all matter as much if not more when it comes to building resiliency. Some interesting research highlights the role of exercise, however. A whole host of research highlights the stress, depression, and anxiety busting (and buffering) effects of exercise. When compared with rest, for example, a 30-minute block of moderate exercise was better at decreasing anxiety as measured by subjects’ responses to photographs, including stress provoking images.

Research does seem to suggest, however, that this buffering becomes more than an immediate dose response, so to speak, but a persisting pattern over time. Regular exercise produces a continuing psychobiological impact that overhauls our stress response itself. Over time, exercise contributes to our overall mental resilience.

Mindfulness

In the midst of major life challenges, we can at turns benefit from the richness of nostalgia and envisioning future prospects. Also important, however, is the capacity to be purely in the moment, to release expectations, questions, and plans. Mindfulness, in addition to eliciting the body’s relaxation response, can play a key role in acceptance, a crucial process for living with challenging circumstances.

We often expend a lot of energy and anguish pushing back against difficult changes when we’d be better served shifting gears and realigning our paths in light of new realities. Likewise, it can take an immense patience to “sit with” a feeling – physical and/or emotional. To be sure, there are things that people unnecessarily, even irresponsibly, accept when they have the opportunity to change them. There’s a difference, I think, between conscious acceptance and expedient resignation. If you talk to survivors of significant trauma or serious health crises, I think they’d tell you acceptance isn’t by any stretch a passive endeavor. It’s a dynamic, growing, and ongoing process. True mindfulness attends to this process.

For different people, mindfulness can take different forms. Some may practice yoga, Tai Chi, or other programs. Others might pray or immerse themselves in other meaningful ritual. Still others might seek peace simply by spending time in the wild, letting their involuntary attention take over and letting go of everything but their awareness of the world in front of them. All, I think, would say they’re taking comfort in releasing themselves to something larger than themselves and their struggles.

Social Connection

Research has long affirmed the importance of social connectedness to well-being. A close (not necessarily large) social network is, in fact, one of the major contributors to life satisfaction and a protective factor that contributes to resilience.

We all know how good it can feel to lean on those who we know when times get tough. A solid support system can be there to provide emotional and logistical help when times get tough, but close friends and family can also make a difference in how we handle the challenge of normal life transitions. The well known longitudinal Grant study revealed that close friendships were among the most key influences on how subjects adapted to life in their later years. Overall, our close social connections can dampen the stress of our experiences by giving us a critical outlet for the myriad of emotions life evokes and providing perspective when we see them go through struggles of their own.

Play

Children use play to experiment with the wide variety of feelings, experiences, and ideas they encounter in their development. Experts use play therapy to help children process trauma, transition, and other difficult events. Across lifespan and experience, play builds connections and cultivates behavioral, intellectual, and emotional flexibility. Our species maintains the capacity for play throughout our many years and for good reason. As a result of play – the experimentation, exploration, and creativity it fosters – we can continually adapt to different circumstances. When we expand ourselves beyond the daily practice of efficiency and specialization, we can see life – and ourselves – with new eyes. Play, in short, makes us intellectually and emotionally hardier.

In adults, play can mean everything from competitive sport to creative endeavor. Following the death of her husband, a friend of mine took up all manner of handiwork. She did woodworking, carving, and chair weaving. In her words, the crafts took her mind away from her grief and gave her a sense that there were new journeys to be taken. Another family friend took up painting again when she was going through a painful divorce. Another wrote to work through the emotional difficulties he experienced when his child was seriously ill. Play, however we conceive of it, can be an experimental space and emotional sanctuary.

None of us know what the full story of our lives will look like in the end. Amidst (hopefully) a lot of joy, there will undoubtedly be travails. Some problems fall in our laps. Others we create for ourselves. Regardless of their source, we’ll struggle at times – against illness, against failure, against change, against loss. I’d venture to say that many of us have already navigated some kind of critical transition or hardship in our lives.

In our ancestors’ day, calamity was likely more imminent. Grok and his clan, by necessity, weren’t as consumed by the smaller stressors of life, but death and danger loomed in a way we aren’t used to in modern times. What supported our physical survival and resiliency then – social connectedness, intellectual creativity, mental flexibility, and emotional balance – serves our psychological resiliency today.

Resiliency isn’t a fixed capacity. Nor is it an indefinitely standing reserve. We continually create and recreate our resilience by investing in our engagement with life and others. Our daily practices and connections over time deepen our resilience. What helps us thrive in the now grants us fortitude for the long – and difficult – hauls ahead.

I hope you’ll share your own thoughts on resilience. What does it mean for you and your experience? What have you learned about in the course of life and wellness? What stress and adversity have you been able to cope with and bounce back from? Share your thoughts, so that others may follow suit. Thanks for reading today, everyone.

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Groktimus Primal
3 years 11 months ago

I have a friend who has overcome both family problems and a debilitating illness to a large degree and I can’t figure out what gives him the strength. Maybe not having a choice? His son? I don’t think I have what he’s got.

luke depron
luke depron
3 years 11 months ago

When I hear stories of people overcoming great obstacles I’ve often wondered the same thing as you. I think it’s just a type of toughness that you don’t find you have until your in those situations. Good to hear your friend has it.

NotApplicable
NotApplicable
3 years 11 months ago

If find that it’s completely dependent upon attitude. As a parent, the most important life-lesson I attempt to pass on to my kids, is to never, EVER see yourself as a victim. As long as you’re still here, then you’re a survivor, and for that, you should be grateful rather than depressed at what current tragedy is affecting your life.

Without adopting a healthy perspective, people have little capacity other than to continue to suffer their circumstances, having externalized the problems as being beyond their control.

Katydid
Katydid
3 years 11 months ago

Thank you for instilling that attitude in your children. I find many teens and young adults “these days” that have not been raised in this manner. They think life just happens to you and you have no control or influence. I really fear for the future of our country with so many young people having little resilience to life’s frustrations.

Joe Carbup
Joe Carbup
3 years 11 months ago
I disagree. Genetics certainly play a major role here and this can be different for children within the same family depending on which genes are dominant. It’s no different than body type and the varying degrees of effort it takes for some to maintain or change than others. Additionally, though brain chemistry is still poorly understood, we do know enough about the nature of neurotransmitters to understand that the brains of some people are working very hard against them. I point this out because people who have a harder time of adjusting don’t need the finger-pointing that only serves to… Read more »
Christina208
Christina208
3 years 11 months ago
@Joe, I don’t think that teaching people to be resilient means that you’re “finger pointing”. While brain chemistry might make it more difficult for some than others, that isn’t to say it is impossible. I think that when we stop pushing ourselves toward excellence because we’re afraid we will hurt people’s feelings, we sell ourselves short. It will always be harder for some people than others to lose weight, be positive, work out, etc. That does NOT mean those people should be judged. But feeling judged is a decision too. I know a lot of people whose schedules I would… Read more »
Alison Golden
3 years 11 months ago

If you have children, they keep you going and if you don’t, then the hope that things will improve will do it. Without either of those you’re hosed. Until you’ve had a similar life experience yourself, you don’t know what it’s like or how you will cope. That’s not a criticism, it’s just a fact of life.

Molly
Molly
3 years 11 months ago

Our school district is focusing on the concept and characteristic of “grit” in our children. I’m going to share this article with my child’s principal.

Patrice
3 years 11 months ago

Maybe also share the concepts in the book “Bounce” by Matthew Syed, great book that could certainly help children achieve a lot (partially through “grit”)

PotAsh
PotAsh
3 years 11 months ago

Very timely article. I just found out that I might have a torn ACL from playing football. MRI needs to be done to prove the doctor WRONG (I hope).

But, if it is torn, I’ll have to go in for surgery followed by 6-9 months of rehab if things go well. I suppose this is not a very big issue in the grand scheme of things, but right now, I’m wondering how I’m going to keep my 3.5 year old Border Collie entertained if I go on crutches. Wish me luck folks.

Violet
Violet
3 years 11 months ago

Good luck!

Patty
Patty
3 years 11 months ago

A friend of mine got on his bike 2 weeks after his surgery. Your Border will run along with you on the bike. Or throw the frisbie, ball, kong, etc for him to chase. My border will play fetch for hours.

Kitty =^..^=
Kitty =^..^=
3 years 11 months ago

I tore my ACL in a motorbike accident and yes, getting on a bicycle is one of the best things you can do. The cycling strenghens the muscles around your knees, putting less pressure on your ligaments to keep the joint together.

Mad Am Flintstone
Mad Am Flintstone
3 years 11 months ago

Hey Potash, may I please respectfully suggest you do a quick search for ‘Scenar’? Might be good before, after or instead of surgery. Just a suggestion. Best to you.

joey
joey
3 years 11 months ago
I tore both ACLs last February. I had the first one repaired in March and was back at the gym in a week! I had the second one last Thursday. Just got home from the gym and I’m catching up on MDA, eating breakfast, and saw your post here. It’s the ultimate test of your resilience. I’ve never been stronger or more fit. I never once went off my eating plan– not even in the hospital when the only things they had after surgery were graham crackers or saltines!! I just said “no thanks”. My dr and my pt think… Read more »
PotAsh
PotAsh
3 years 11 months ago

Wow. Thanks everybody. I’ll look into getting a bicycle. I’ll also look into Scenar.

And Joey, that’s very, very impressive.

I get an MRI taken on Tuesday. And I’m hoping that the MRI proves the doctor wrong. I’m hoping my primal eating, and intelligent exercising has/ will help. We shall see.

Thanks again.

Paula
3 years 11 months ago
This is what tragedy has taught me, over, and over, and over again… The human spirit is designed to be resilient. Tragedy does not destine us to give up on life, never to recover, never to crawl out of bed again. Modern society could not exist, could not have evolved, if humans were not resilient and could never rally to overcome tragedy. It is more important than ever in times of tragedy to keep your commitment to your health. You need to be healthy to rebuild and embark on a new future. Seemingly endless periods of the deepest, darkest depths… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 11 months ago

Food for thought: people started cutting down trees with rocks.

Lisa in JP
Lisa in JP
3 years 11 months ago
I think that to a large extent you “make your own reality,” your glass can be half empty, but it also can be half full. I know for myself I decided that I will be different: I have gone primal, lost 30lbs (so far, there’s still 60lbs to go), am finally moving and feel better than I ever have. I continue to tell myself that I AM different now, and I am reshaping the reality that I have lived with all my life. I really don’t know where I would have been in 5 years had I not found PB,… Read more »
Joy Beer
Joy Beer
3 years 11 months ago
When I realized that truly, life on this earth is hard, even brutal sometimes, and that there is no “cosmic justice” or karma, I was freed. Rather, I believe that stuff happens, the universe is indifferent to my happiness or misery, and the joy in my life comes from two things: 1) simply enjoying unexpected good luck and good fortune as it happens, just enjoying it. But not viewing it as part of a cosmic accounting system. And 2) That being a very localized agent of goodness for others, and HANDLING things with ever-improving character is what is left for… Read more »
Mark Cruden
Mark Cruden
3 years 11 months ago

Well said and I agree!

Julie
Julie
3 years 11 months ago

I agree as well. What you have is the attitude and choices you make, and that determines resilience, joy, sadness, etc. Well said.

Amy
Amy
3 years 11 months ago

Wow, sometimes the universe just screams at you. This article is one of those times. I recently went through some changes in my life, all for the best but still difficult to process. I’m still working on all of the pieces- movement, sleep, play, mindfullness. This was a great reminder.

Tobie Johnson
Tobie Johnson
3 years 11 months ago
Reading this article made me realize that accepting things that you cannot change is crucial to happiness. So here it is. I have an autoimmune disorder/disease, alopecia totalis. I have no hair. This may seem trivial to most but as a woman it is extremely socially stigmatizing. We live in a society that tries to be accepting of those of us who are physically different but we really arent. This isn’t realized by an individual unless you’re in those shoes. Those who know about my situation say I shouldnt tell anyone because with my wig you’d never know. This is… Read more »
Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 11 months ago

Tobie, dealing with total hair loss is very difficult and painful, especially for a woman. Good job on going “public”. I for one accept you as you are. You are a valuable person worthy of love and respect. Wear a wig or don’t wear a wig. What counts is what kind of person you are on the inside (to quote my precious mom). And don’t forget about Sinead O’Connor! I think she does the bald thing on purpose.

Tobie Johnson
Tobie Johnson
3 years 11 months ago

Thx sooo much for your kind words. Much appreciated : )

BillP
BillP
3 years 11 months ago

+1

Bald is beautiful.

Christina208
Christina208
3 years 11 months ago

You are an inspiration. Beautifully stated, and best of luck to you!!

Scott
Scott
3 years 11 months ago

The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn’t Give Up!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2laIPeiMtE

Team Oberg
3 years 11 months ago
I think this concept is something that is disappearing in our values today. Many people my age act like they are entitled to be happy all the time and complain when the slightest little thing doesnt go their way. A flaw in American role models and parenting I suppose. I really get sick of people who try to elicit constant pity from those around them. Bad things happen, we all have to deal with it, that is part of the beauty of the human spirit, we can take tragedy and turn it into something wonderful. Lastly, I cant wait to… Read more »
sher
sher
3 years 11 months ago

One of my favorite quotes since I was a kid way back in the 60’s is “I may be down, but I sure the hell ain’t out!” Quoted from the movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown. It has kept me com sinking many a time!

Doug
Doug
3 years 11 months ago

This quote comes to mind:
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”

Alyssa
Alyssa
3 years 11 months ago

Exactly! People always said I was strong when I was dealing with ulcerative colitis, and then a complete colectomy. I never quite understood it, because I was only doing what I had no choice but to do!

Damien Gray
Damien Gray
3 years 11 months ago
One of my favorite songs, Stan Rogers’ “Mary Ellen Carter” ends with these words: “And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again. Rise again, rise again – though your heart it be broken And life about to end No matter what you’ve lost, be it a home, a love, a friend. Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.” When something bad happens, I recall these words, pick… Read more »
Juiettegold
Juiettegold
3 years 11 months ago

LOVE that song too!!

Kristina
Kristina
3 years 11 months ago

The Finns call this trait ‘Sisu’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisu

Linda A. Lavid
3 years 11 months ago

Great posts.

I haven’t failed. I’ve identified 10,000 ways this doesn’t work. -Thomas Edison.

ravi
3 years 11 months ago

so true – i have learned a heck of alot more from peeling my face off the pavement than from the occasional, modest successes i have had in life –

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that experience comes from bad judgment.”

ravi wells
3 years 11 months ago

so true – learned a heck of alot more from peeling my face off the pavement than from the ego-dancing successes–

Morgan
3 years 11 months ago

Wow, great article! I was recently diagnosed with a stress fracture in my left foot. I thought it was the end of the world, especially since I had lots of races coming up. I now have to listen to my body, take it easy, and give up running for a little while. Not a huge deal when you look at the big picture.

Tom
Tom
3 years 11 months ago
On the morning of my mother’s funeral, I hit a CrossFit WOD, felt like a million bucks, and after showering up and putting on a suit, I did her proud with my eulogy. This was after traveling across the country, looking up the local box, and paying the guest fee. I knew I had to keep my equilibrium. Some years before, a different family crisis really took a toll on me, manifesting as horrendous gastro-intestinal symptoms that took quite a while to shake. The anxiety and helplessness and slow passage of time created an experience I did not want to… Read more »
Diane
Diane
3 years 11 months ago
Most people think of resilience as being a trait to help you deal with really bad situations. But before I changed my diet, I was able to handle really bad situation okay, but it was the little things in life I wasn’t so resilient toward. Something about eating animal fat and eliminating the sugar, flour and vegetable oils from my diet gave me an inner peace, a sunny disposition and an ability to handle the little annoyances in life without having a meltdown. I’m not really worried I’m going to get fired for my bad personality anymore because it seems… Read more »
Jeffrey of Troy
3 years 11 months ago

As I was reading Mark’s post, I was thinking “You know what boosts resilience? Getting your needs met!”

Many people in the USA believe no-one has any needs, and that “Everything is a choice!”.

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 years 11 months ago

Reminds me of Weston A Price!

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Oliver
Oliver
3 years 11 months ago

What a post!

Although i feel you missed the main thing that contributes to someones resilience – hard times. The more you have the more they toughen your resilience muscle.

God knows, I’ve had my fair share and I do not know why. But thats just how things go.

Jeannie_5
Jeannie_5
3 years 11 months ago

…What does not kill us, makes us stronger…:)

Jeffrey of Troy
3 years 11 months ago

The Tares thrive on the barren ground, but the fruits of their labors are bitter. The Good Seed needs a good environment, but if they get it, the fruits of their labors light up the world.

The culture of leaving people to fend for themselves is evil. We should not necessarily admire the Tares, or wish we were like them.

Oliver
Oliver
3 years 11 months ago

And I have learned, as tough and as resilience as i am, the only other thing that helped was actually family support, even if just one memeber thats enough to keep you from pulling the plug.

Ray
Ray
3 years 11 months ago
I recently just moved to FL from NY and started a new job. I drove down and within 4 days had to start the job not really knowing anyone or what to expect. Needless to say my anxiety has lead to awful sleep and a 44 hour run with no sleep. That deprivation almost broke me down but with the support of my family I think I am finally pulling through. Still not able to exercise yet since I am so backlogged on sleep I dont want to stress my body any more than it is. I know this is… Read more »
Cathy Johnson (Kate)
3 years 11 months ago

I love posts like this, Mark. It reminds us there is so much more than diet and lifting to helps us through life.

Sketching and journaling are my mainstays for dealing with life’s ups and downs, coupled with staying as healthy as I can manage. That last is with big thanks to you!

Wren
Wren
3 years 11 months ago

Wonderful blog post, deeply insightful. Nursing my husband though terminal cancer when he was 44 was the most painful – and sometimes oddly beautiful – experience of my life. You don’t know what you’re capable of until you’re tested. Our love was never deeper than those extra months he wasn’t supposed to have and I came out of it a kinder, better person. It taught me to live in the moment.

rik
rik
3 years 11 months ago

mindfulness….I wish more people were..

gruntle
gruntle
3 years 11 months ago
This TED talk really inspired me with regard to resilience. I love its simple (zero-cost!) life hack for harnessing your very hormones to the cause of your own resiliency. Plus it made me cry. 😉 You guys are so right. There’s something magical about those moments of transition and self-awareness when you lift yourself up and choose to be present, over and over – even when your confidence is low. One day you wake up and realize, sure enough, over time you’ve become the person you needed to be. Like Eleanor Roosevelt said. I feel like holding tight to fixed… Read more »
gruntle
gruntle
3 years 11 months ago

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt
US diplomat & reformer (1884 – 1962)

Susan Alexander
3 years 11 months ago
What the research shows is that we humans love MOTION … Another way to say this is that we love how it feels to be in the “flow channel” – in whatever we’re doing. The “flow channel is the the place that runs through boredom and anxiety. Picture it on a graph. Boredom is the vertical axis. Anxiety is the horizontal axis. The flow channel runs right through the middle, on a diagonal. When our challenge (whatever it is) meets our ability level and requires a stretch from us to get there – that’s the flow channel. When the challenge… Read more »
John
John
3 years 11 months ago

Love the topic. Agree with much of the article but no mention of faith in God? I’ve enjoyed reading many POW and Survival first hand accounts over the years and have found faith in God to be a reoccurring theme.

Julianna
Julianna
3 years 11 months ago

Nice for those who believe, but not all do, many don’t, and that is not the thesis of this article. The lack of mention does not make it any less valid.

Patrice
2 years 11 months ago

Amen brother!

KikoLaguillo
KikoLaguillo
3 years 11 months ago

Thank you! I needed this.

Joy Dvorak
3 years 11 months ago

Thank you for this post! I needed this today.

Julianna
Julianna
3 years 11 months ago

I think resilience is the ability to forgive yourself for not knowing the perfect way to deal with tragedies/illness in life, and that being graceful takes heaps of practice.

David
David
3 years 11 months ago
I am in the process of bouncing back from a near burnout. As you write in the article acceptence is a major factor in moving forward. And not just acceptence of the situation that I am in, but also acceptence that failure as much as success is a part of life and that some things are important and others are not. Learn from it and move on. The learning part is fairly easy, the moving on part can be hard, at least for me. But the near burnout itself actually made it easier for me to make the changes that… Read more »
James Barringer
James Barringer
3 years 11 months ago

Hello all — another fine post Mark, with thanks. Should anyone feel the need for a little terpsichorean help along the path of resilience, allow me to suggest listening to “The Mary Ellen Carter” by the very sadly late Mr. Stan Rogers. He was one of Canada’s great singer/songwriters, died tragically and heroically, and this song is one of the all-time testaments to the human spirit. Enjoy! And as Stan sings, Rise Again!

Manda
Manda
3 years 11 months ago
Thank you so much for this post, Mark! This is a very powerful message, and it came a great time for me. I needed a confirmation of the power of resilience, and it’s good to be reminded that I can strengthen my resilience by making healthy choices. I’m on Day 8 of the Whole30 Challenge, which I undertook to conquer my sugar addiction and control my binge eating. This is my second real attempt at it, and I plan to see it all the way through this time. Honestly, it’s my 20th attempt if you count all the mornings I… Read more »
Saret
Saret
3 years 11 months ago

What a great post. Thanks Mark.

P M Evans
3 years 11 months ago

I believe resiliency requires faith, hope, action, acceptance and patience.

Being more resilient means having the capacity to love and care for others more.

Jason
Jason
3 years 11 months ago

Mark, I know this is off topic but it’s REALLY important. I missed your interview on “Rock Center” last night and am BUMMED. I had intended to record it but my DVR crapped out and wasn’t listing the channels so I couldn’t tell what channel it was on. Can you post a linky to where I can see your ENTIRE interview? The only thing I can find is the 1 minute teaser…not even youtube has it.

Thanks a bunch!!!

Jason

Beth
Beth
3 years 11 months ago
I read this article after a friend pointing it out to me, she said it remind her of me. I lost my mother and husband just 18 months apart and then 6 months after losing my husband I found out I had cancer. I do have resilience. It is as simple as this, life is a choice, you can choose to let things make life miserable or can see what good there is in everyday….okay not everyday is great, but to still be grateful you can go onto the next day and enjoy life that day. My choice today is… Read more »
Gayle
Gayle
3 years 11 months ago

Another inspiring post. Exercise and hobbies have gotten me thru rough patches in my adult life

Miki
Miki
3 years 11 months ago
Great article. My sister lost her 20 year old son in a climbing accident last spring. My teenage son was so sick for 8 years he wanted to take his own life. We choose joy each day. Faith is was what kept us (keeps us) moving forward. Some see it as crutch. For us, it is a solid foundation. Life can be excruciating, I don’t want to move through it randomly. Doesn’t matter if I’m right or not. But, of course, like anyone who has deep faith, I have a history of events and revelations to prove what I believe… Read more »
Dana
Dana
3 years 11 months ago

If it helps, the very fact that you are all here today says you are all resilient to some degree. Don’t fall for the notion that you have to be heroic and have a fully-functioning life after disaster to be “properly” resilient. You’re not dead. End of story.

I remind myself of that every time I start criticizing myself about where I am in life now. I mean, people will kill themselves over losing a job. I had so much more happen to me and I am still here. One day at a time.

Liz
Liz
3 years 10 months ago

Dana, do you have a blog?

John
John
3 years 11 months ago

Great article ! In my experience,the secret to resilience is to shift your attention from yourself to those around you. Regardless of your situation, simply ask yourself “what are the needs of those around me?” This provides the purpose for using these excellent suggestions.

Jonathan Aluzas
3 years 11 months ago

Resilience is, simply, survival. Sometimes you flourish, sometimes you crawl through, sometimes you close your eyes and run teeth first into the noise. But resilience disallows the conversation of quit or surrender. You just…..do it.

Pat M.
Pat M.
3 years 11 months ago
I don’t consider myself to be resiliant, so I try to learn as many skills as I can and collect things I may need to cope with things that I can control. In 1980, I was driving a U-Haul and ran over a piece of steel that put a hole in the full gas tank, spraying like a faucet. Fortunately, everything I owned was in the truck. I caught the gas in a garbage can, made a patch with 6 screws, sheet cork, and scrap sheetmetal, put the gas back in and was on my way. Since I knew I… Read more »
Danielle Thalman
Danielle Thalman
3 years 11 months ago
Thinking about day 10 of almost no sleep caring for my mom in her last days (cancer) last spring…rather than climbing el cap to celebrate my 50th. Pushing thru the hardest climbs. Rheumatoid arthritis at 25. Hip dysplasia and a severe speech impediment overcome (I’m now a teacher). Surgeries. Severe ibs solved with 7 years of diet experimentation. Life’s sweet, I’m glad to be here, I’m happy for all I have and all I can do each day. I’m happy and proud of my incredible 19 year old daughter and so fortunate for friends, husband and family. Resilience? Take what’s… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 11 months ago

Sometimes I feel like unexpected challenges help me nurture a positive attitude by forcing me to draw on my resilience.

Ez
Ez
3 years 11 months ago
What’s interesting is that cleaning up the diet makes all these ideas so much easier to implement. Even if you inherit a certain level of emotional resilience, your resistance can erode, like mine did, over time. It’s a beautiful thing when a ton of the energy spent fighting allergies and shielding the body against the onslaught of bad, uninformed food decisions, finally realizes it’s true destination and returns in a form that let’s one exist fully awake and alive. I’m amazed at how much the body can take before it starts to disintegrate and lose ground. And even more astounded… Read more »
Julia
Julia
3 years 11 months ago
I had a huge lesson in resilience in March this year when my best friend suffered a bad spinal fracture to T12. Through the first 2 weeks (he was there 2 months) of holding his hand in the spinal unit we found simple moments of happiness and laughter all the while not knowing if he would ever walk again and acceptance that he would have a catheter for the rest of his life. I think the biggest thing was choosing our attitudes and accepting that things are what they are, we can’t change what happened and the future is what… Read more »
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