Updated: Aug 13, 2021
There's a healthy dose of resiliency needed to get through a normal day, never mind the shenanigans plaguing the universe lately. The ability to take things in stride is a trait on the verge of extinction. That's what you get when every day is turning out to be one dumpster fire of nonsense after another. Everything starts to act like sandpaper on your existence.
How the hell do you roll with that kind of mace ball?
Like so many other aspects of adulting, we are not born with it, we have to cultivate it. We have to exercise our consciousness and intention to actively choose. Turn the uphill battle into a level field....add some flowers...brighten up the place.
Resilience is an elasticity of the self; the capacity to recover from persons, places, and things that absolute rock your foundation. It doesn't mean being impervious to bad things, it means we choose to handle them effectively.
VUMC gives a list of 10 ways to build resilience and breaks it down further into 3 major themes.
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Essentially the best environment to grow is one that is high in challenge and support. So I've been warming up my students to this idea eventually leading up to a 21 day challenge. It takes longer than 21 days to create a new habit, but I can only introduce-I can not force.
It starts with this notion of going all in and the fear that keeps us from such great heights. For 21 days we will be walking the line between our comfort zone and all the really cool things that lay outside of it. Each day we will do one thing that takes us out of our comfort zone. With extreme gratitude, my students are loving, supportive, and challenging. Each in their own way, and as a group. So we will revisit this when our 21 days are up. I'm excited to watch the curiosity and capability flourish. Wish us luck!
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