Think of a bouncing ball.
When a ball hits the ground, the force or pressure causes it to bounce back.
That is what resilience means—the ability to bounce back.
Resilience is the capability to withstand adversity in difficult life events, personal crises, abuse, bullying, job loss, financial instability, and any other life circumstances.
Resilience is not something that you are born with.
Resilience develops as people grow, gain knowledge, better thinking, and emotional maturity.
Believe me, it is not adversity that makes people stronger—it is the “process” of facing life, learning, and persevering.
In this process, people experience their “own” capabilities and gain confidence about overcoming future difficulties.
In the big playbook, Jesus gave us a key to being resilient, “In the world, you have tribulation, trials, distress, and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted!] For I have overcome the world.” —John 16:33 AMPC
Resilience is the power to overcome setbacks and live the life we have imagined.
It reminds me of Thomas Edison.
He made thousands of prototypes of the light bulb.
Despite struggling with "failure" throughout his entire working life, Edison never let it get the best of him.
All of these "failures," which are reported to be in the tens of thousands, simply showed him how not to invent something.
His resilience gave the world some of the most amazing inventions of the early 20th century—the phonograph, the telegraph, and the motion picture.
It is hard to imagine what our world would be like if Edison had given up, not taken courage, and stayed confident and undaunted after his first few failures.
It forces us to look at our own lives.
Resilient people do not crumble in times of crisis, they regroup and move forward.
Do you have the resilience to overcome your challenges and bounce back?
Think of what you will accomplish if you do not give up.
Keep looking for the blind spots and building a better you.
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