What is resilience?
The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says:
- Pronunciation: ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s
- Function: noun
- Date: 1824
1 : the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2 : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
The one that I am referring to here, is the latter. viz. the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
I have a doubt regarding this thought. How can we say that a person is resilient in terms of measurement? Because as the definition implies, resilience is solely dependent on 2 characteristics: the amount of misfortune/change and the recovery from/adjustment to it. So if I say person A is resilient, am quantify is resilience given my experience of bouncing back from a misfortune. So that would in turn mean that either I have had the fortune of being less unfortunate or A has a slightly better outlook than mine in terms of being his/her normal self. See where this is going??
The highly relative nature of the ‘resilience’ factor can easily change a person’s outlook towards life. Coz isn’t the other person’s ability to withstand all with a smile the biggest source of inspiration for people around him? Isn’t this the quality that every person out there looking for to inculcate in himself? The ability to take that one extra step towards the horizon irrespective of the huge roadblocks or minor winds or scorching weather. Does that also mean that we should look at hardships from a different point of view? Look at how stronger we would come out at the other end of this? Should that be the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? The pot of gold at the end of rainbow? Coz, lets face it, we aren’t taking that huge promotion or the certificate of appreciation anywhere. Its this feeling of having inspired other people to endure difficulties and emerging as a better person that matter.
Hmmm… Worth giving a thought…..
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“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. — Bruce Lee
This was the quote posted on the wall behind my mentor’s desk. It had a picture of Bruce Lee from the epic ‘Enter the Dragon’ movie. And no, the picture wasn’t what caught my attention 😛
The whole day I kept re-reading the same thing. Wrote it down and sent it to a few friends. The profoundness of this somewhat obvious philosophy caught me unawares and I realized how true it is. We, or atleast some of us, fail to realize how much damage we do to ourselves by setting up ourselves for failure by fearing to venture into the unknown. The perceived difficulty of any task is not the requirements or expectations that have to be fulfilled, but the fact that we create a huge hoopla about the factors that are unknown to us–the black void that engulfs and taunts us. Now it is upto us, we can take offense to the taunts and move ahead or stagnate at the same point to avoid the risk of the unknown.
This week I chose to move ahead. And it has been liberating. And rewarding, to say the least. What seemed like an insurmountable mountain seems like a tiny speed-bump from this side. So here’s a huge shoutout to one-step-for-mankind-but-huge-leap-for-‘me’kind…