Life Skills #1: Resiliency

Like many of us, I drift. I lose my focus. I wander off.

Sometimes, you find it almost impossible to snap out of a trance —the lure of quick successes, easy-to-get happiness, or complacency. It's foolish. At times, it takes the pain of losing or falling flat on the ground to make us face ourselves again and think...

But, one thing that always takes me back on track is resilience. It's a life skill that needs time and practice to master. And it's worth it. Here's how:
  • Bend but not break. Life doesn't always happen the way we plan it. If something is worth building, the cost keeps changing. The stakes can get higher. Even our backup plans fail. And when that happens, it is our ability to bounce back every time that matters most.
  • Dip but don't drown. Along life's journey, we all go through dark and scary valleys. There, we fail often. But there will always be more dips along the way. So, the next time you get into one, hold on. It's no use shaking your fists in anger at the people on the bank who pushed you there. Swim back to shore. Or if you can't, at least shout for help.
  • Get squeezed but not powdered. Life's demands can leave us gasping for breath sometimes. We get squeezed out to a pulp. And when that happens, our ability to remain "intact", sanity included, matters the most. Because the more we get squeezed, the cleaner we come out of a mess.
Remember, no matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can, and must, always bounce back. So, practice the skill. And don't forget to breathe.


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