Resilience is innate. However, it must be discovered, explored, and/or developed. Absent challenges, adversity, etc., resilience cannot be realized, demonstrated, nor illustrated. Derek Irvin
Prior to bed last night, July 10th – Sunday, I was watching Animal Planet. I had been reading the book, The Resilience Breakthrough. Thus my shared thoughts above surrounding – resilience. This segment was about seals. There was a baby seal that was newly born. Not long after its birth, the mother quickly jumped into and swam far out into the sea for food. The baby seal was “fearful” of swimming. He was fearful of getting in the water. At first it just dipped its head in and looked around under water. It was the cutest sight. Eventually it FELL in and it had to swim – although clumsily. It splashed and made lots of noises. Interestingly, there was a male bull seal that seemed to be perturbed by this little guy. The large male bit the little guy. Several times, it picked up the baby by the neck or fin and slung it around the sea like a rag doll. At one point I thought he was trying to drown the lil’ guy. You could hear the baby seal swallowing large gulps of the sea. Eventually, the baby seal got away. Weary and worn, the baby seal made its way to the shore near some rocks. The rocks were slippery, so that baby had a difficult time climbing atop the rocks. It was a pitiful sight. It looked like an exhausted human. I thought it would surely drown. However, finally, it made it atop the rocks. There he rested. This sight to me was a demonstration of resilience. We all have it within ourselves to overcome any challenge. The wherewithal to stay afloat and not drown lie somewhere deep within and it is when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, paint, disappointment, or tragedy that resilience is demonstrated. Here’s a video that attempts to demonstrate my point; it’s not what I saw last night, but you should get the point. CLICK: Baby Seal Swimming. Period, Case-Closed!