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Time to Build Your Resilience Muscle?

The word ‘resilience’ means ‘to rebound.’ By definition, it doesn’t describe a state of never falling, never getting hit. In fact, to be resilient we have to experience crushing forces. We have to let ourselves absorb those forces, then rebound in a way that uses them to our advantage.

~Martha Beck

The bottom line is RESILIENCE is our adaptability factor, our bounce-back capacity. I sometimes think of it as that Joe Pazooka blow-up toy I had as a child that righted itself no matter how many times I pushed and pummeled it.
 
Thoughts Worth Considering

We live in difficult times. From the personal to the global and everything in between, we face challenges and uncertainty no matter where we turn. And so we need to find ways to respond rather than react to all that vies for our attention and threatens to overwhelm us.

Questions Worth Asking

How and when are you being resilient and/or reactive these days? Are there ways that you personally navigate, have navigated, and/or can envision navigating today’s world that serve, strengthen, and satisfy you?

An Action Worth Taking 

One interesting “strategy” might be to ease up and lighten up, relinquishing the intensity of demands we put on ourselves to deal with everything perfectly and all at once.  Now is a perfect and necessary time for all of us to build our resilience muscle.

I give myself permission now
to fail gloriously
and often
this is my brave
and beautiful resolution
after a tumultuously
unpredictable year
 
I give myself the gift
of celebrating missteps
and mistakes
misdemeanors and missing
the bull-shifting marks
that pass for grand goals
and worthy pastimes
 
I offer myself wide open
spaces of not knowing a darn
thing for sure and instead
invite my spirit to explore
the wobbly mysteries of wakefulness
with curiosity rather than concern
abandoning my default
demand for certainty
my delusional penchant for perfection
 
Realizing that unintended
consequences are the norm
and exceptions to the rules
are anything but exceptional
I choose now to open
my heart to fewer plans
and a more expansive
attitude of fascination and feistiness
towards whatever I trip over
next

from the heart, mind, and pen of Minx

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Minx Boren
Minx Borenhttps://coachminx.com/
Minx Boren is a Master Certified Coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation, as well as a motivational speaker and workshop/webinar facilitator. She is author/co-author of sixteen books, including Friendship Is a Journey, Healing Is a Journey, and, most recently, Decades of Gratitude, Gusto, Grit & Grace. Minx is a longtime community leader and activist and has served as president of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches 2013-14 and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Women’s Foundation of Florida since 2007. She is the 2013 recipient of the Giraffe Project, presented by Women’s Chamber of Commerce to women who “stick their neck out for others. ”Her current focus is on exploring with olders what it means to grow into our later years with gratitude, grace, and gusto. As an adjunct professor at FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, she offers courses on such topics as Navigating by Values, Resilience in Stressful Times, and Healthwise Living. As an author, Coach Minx leads workshops at spas and wellness centers as well as for the Women’s Foundation of Florida for those who want to write a book or articles for publication or simply want to learn to journal their personal reflections more effectively. Minx is the CJO – Chief Journaling Officer – for Purpose Journals, a company that offers unique journals, webinars, tools, an active writing community along with significant support for anyone who wants to “discover yourself on the page.” Minx is involved with developing and presenting local Sustainable Living initiatives including, because of her background in nutrition and wellness, programs on Food Glorious Food – A Sustainable Perspective. For the past 10 years, she has been sending out a Balance Point Newsletter every other week – thought-provoking ideas, questions, and action challenges - along with selections of poetry from her poem-a-day practice – all from a coach perspective. You can sign up to receive them on her website.

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