Although the dragon continued to terrorize the land, the brave people would not give up. They gathered what they had and took refuge in the hills, always watching out for the dragon, and always thinking of ways they could elude his wrathful fire.
SO…What IS resilience, and what’s the big deal? In a nutshell: resilience is that ability to bounce back and keep on keepin’ on when bad things happen to us.
These “bad things” can be huge, like the death of a loved one, or domestic violence, or having your house swept away in a tornado. But they can also be less dramatic: like having a fight with your best friend, or losing your car keys, or getting called out at a staff meeting.
We all respond to the inevitable stressors of our lives, and resilience is a term used to describe how we pick up the pieces, whether they are big or small, and move forward. We’re all born with the capacity to develop resilience, and everyone has it, to some degree. But like so much of development, our resilience depends a lot on our experiences in early childhood, as well as the kinds of stressors we encounter.
The media and posts below will introduce you to some of the big ideas of resilience, and help you to start to unravel this really important, but complex topic.