What is resilience? Resilience comes from the Latin word “resilire”,meaning to jump up again.
The Oxford Dictionary – defines it as “the act of rebounding or springing back” . An ecology definition of resilience , “The capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change so as to still retain essentially the same function, structure, and identity. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Resilience is the ability to adapt to changing conditions and prepare for, withstand, and rapidly recover from disruption”.
My definition is simple. It’s your ability to recover, to rebuild and to be restored.
Many years ago, I found myself as a member of the emergency response team during a community disaster. I ran a non-profit call center which served as a hub for community resources and volunteer opportunities. When H1N1,a deadly strand of the flu, rolled into town, we became the central call center for managing the calls and collecting data for this crisis. And just like the definition above, a key part of a community’s resilience is being able to bounce back after a disaster happens. In the same way, when disasters or setbacks come into our lives, our ability to bounce back after a setback is critical.
Emergency preparedness professionals encourages everyone to have a emergency kit. Here is your personal resilience toolkit.
Know your why-knowing your “why” or your purpose is the roadmap for your success. When you know you “why” the “what” and the “how”becomes clearer
In 2012, after receiving a mammogram, I received letter that said that I had lump in my breast. After hearing the news, I knew that I couldn’t sit on my dream any longer, so 2 weeks later I launched The Diva Movement. Three months later I found myself being ejected from my home and starting a new life as a single mom. There were moments when I didn’t know how I could lead and empower a group of women when I felt like a failure. But my WHY was bigger than this temporary setback. I knew that women were counting on me to keep going. When I checked back into my WHY I knew I needed to get back on my path. Your purpose will keep you on your path.
There’s a quote that’s says “The 2 greatest days of your life is the day you were born and the day that you learn why you were born”
Spend some time this week reflecting on your why