Definition: The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
I’m not sure this is the best definition simply because toughness doesn’t necessarily equate to a quick recovery.
Regardless, resilience is one of those life skills where past experience overcoming trauma is a pretty good indicator of whether one will be successful in bouncing back from one’s current psychological or physical injury.
It’s a complex response though – there are phases of recovery that might overlap, each one requiring different amounts of time to complete.
So how do you become resilient?
Reflection, acceptance, and being kind to yourself is critical but easier said than done.
Ultimately, we should try to learn something from the experience, no matter how painful.
Because learning is always positive.
I’m not there yet, but I’m trying. I’m trying really hard.