I understand if you’re not interested in reading one more post about resilience. I get it if you’re not feeling particularly resilient today and this is just one more thing that you don’t seem to be getting right …
But if you’re at all interested in this idea, don’t stop reading. Because I want to share a new take on the word that just might brighten your day – – at least it did for me because it put a positive spin on my daily slog with difficult health.
Let’s start with the fundamentals, the dictionary Merriam‑Webster, definition “…resilience is the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.”
I’ve been writing about this for years because I believe it’s a key ingredient in the stew that makes it possible to adapt to the myriad of difficulties that come from living with difficult chronic health health. Honestly? I’m not sure what I believe about the part resilience plays in restoring strength or health. But I’m convinced that being resilient makes it much easier to restore success.
Now, findings from a new study by Gerontologist supports the idea that, “…people who are more resilient by nature are less likely to let a chronic illness disrupt their daily lives “. But here’s the kicker: “…according to The New York Times, age, health, and financial status alone cannot fully explain the disparities of why some individuals are more resilient than others. Study author Lydia Manning, a gerontologist at Concordia University Chicago, says that “…resilience is usually acquired during ‘moments of adversity,’ noting also that ‘everybody has the capacity for resilience’.”
Huh? Does that mean that chronic illness, clearly an adverse experience, can stimulate resilience in a person? Now, that’s intriguing, isn’t it? Also I like the idea that each of us has the capacity for resilience. I’m going to let these ideas percolate for a while.
I sincerely hope that you find some measure of resilience, strength and hope during this holiday season. This time of year puts those of us with weakened energy to the test, doesn’t it?