How resilient are you? Have you ever been through an experience that sucked all your emotional strength to the point where you felt so exhausted you couldn’t think straight? Have you ever been so disappointed in a person or a group of people that you question your own sense of emotional balance and wonder what the next step might be for you?

I found a few definitions of resilience that I want to share with you. As it relates to a substance or an object, resilience is defined as being able to recoil or spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. As it relates to a person or animal it is defined as being able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. Some of the prominent synonyms of resilience are: strong, tough, hardy.

Can you be or do that when you’ve been knocked down? When I take a closer look at some of the definitions above it becomes clear to me that your resilience is totally dependent on where you started from. Most electronic gadgets have a default setting. After you’ve done all the programing, uploads, downloads and adjustments; the gadget may get overloaded, freeze and it can’t function. That’s when you can reset it to the default setting and start from scratch. Some gadgets even show you how to save your original setting.

What’s your original setting? When you’ve been hit really hard, what’s your default? Over the next few weeks, I want to explore that with you. It’s very important that you and I know what we stand on, so when the winds of life blow us away unexpectedly, we know where we belonged in the first place and we can reset ourselves. Resilience is primarily about knowing where your reset button is. Resilience is also about knowing what your reset button is. Resilience is about knowing how to reset yourself. Resilience is about knowing when to reset yourself.

Today’s lesson is about knowing enough about yourself to know what to do when you get hit hard. Even before resilience occurs you need to have a contingency plan for the meantime. That’s what next week topic will be about.

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