Everyday Resilience

Innate wisdom and wellbeing aren’t just for our darkest moments.

Resilience is our ability to bounce back from painful experiences. It’s the innate human quality that allows us to surprise even ourselves with strength, grace, and joy in the face of adversity.

It’s that way we have as humans of having fresh, insightful, creative, or compassionate ideas occur to us just when we need them most.

The thing about the concept of resilience is that it implies a challenge to be overcome. It implies that there is something that must be survived — that we are at our best when all external forces would suggest we’d be at our worst.

The word resilience implies that our innate and infinite source of strength, grace, creativity, compassion, wisdom, and well-being is only activated by obstacles. As though it takes losing a loved one or dying from cancer in order to discover what we’re truly capable of.

But what if all those qualities we associate with resilience aren’t just reserved for our dark nights of the soul? What if they’re there all the time?

What if — in fact — our innate source guides us through even the easiest and most mundane moments of our lives?

What if resilience is an everyday thing? What if it’s what we’re made of, but for our angsty thinking that appears to cover it up?

Look in that direction, and I think you’ll find life becomes richer than you ever could have imagined.

PS Tomorrow I’ll explore the nature of everyday resilience — what keeps us from experiencing it, and how to experience more of it. Stay tuned.

Brooke is a mentor, writer, and recovered worry wart. She helps fellow angsters get out of their heads and into their lives.