"So resilience is like those elastic bands wrapped around the flyers Canada Post drops every week. They stretch around fairly large amounts of paper. And when you take them off those flyers, the band bounces back to its original shape. The thing is though: When you stretch an elastic band beyond its capacity, it will snap."
Or maybe it's like a tree....
Dr. Walsh defined resilience as keeping going in crisis. It is coping plus adaptation plus positive growth. As the Chinese characters for crisis display, there is both challenge and opportunity in the tough times. The Japanese say resilience is like "a willow tree that bends in the storm but does not break."
"Resilience is like finding the plug on that emotional bathtub. The water (stressors) will keep on coming and it might not drain as quickly as you'd like, but by keeping it unplugged, you ensure the bathtub isn't going to overflow"
"The key to remember here is that building resilience is like building a beach body. To reap the rewards of a beach body in the summer, you need to be hitting the gym in the winter. Building a resilience mindset is something you need to consistently work on and maintain, even when life is all smooth sailing."
"So why is resilience like buying a new washing machine? Because it is easier to achieve if you have resources supporting you. I am thinking of 1 particular resource, social capital."
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