PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
Friday, March 6
“Resilience is the capacity of a system, enterprise, or a person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances.”
Resilience is the quality that helps people to thrive and to be well. Psychologists are studying the question of why some people are able to bounce back and overcome adversity, while others are not. Their research has revealed two factors that are foundational to our ability to be resilient: spirituality and community.
Faith provides us with meaning, hope, and a larger perspective in the midst of challenging times. It focuses as a “true north” in life when tough times are threatening to knock us off course. Having a supportive community to turn to when times are tough is also a foundational factor in resilience.
Recent studies found that isolation for older people is as great a health risk as smoking. We need the love and support of others always, but most especially when we are in the midst of a stressful time. Having the courage to nurture our faith and to strengthen our connections with others will not prevent us from experiencing vulnerability and adversity at times. We will find, though, that our spirituality and the support of others are key factors in helping us to move forward whenever we face unexpected challenges in our lives.
What are your thoughts about the quote above about resilience? Do you agree that spirituality (faith) and community are key factors in resilience? Can you think of an area in your life where you might need to summon up some courage to be more resilient?
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”