Wrapping up February
Sick days are hard. But when the sick days turn into a sick month, it becomes a bit of long slog for everyone in the family! My Daughter and family have experienced colds, ear infections, pink eye, fevers, vomiting, etc. since the beginning of this month and I am sure she is ready to wrap it up!
Wisdom: Leaping Forward
Did you know the verb form of resilience is resile - me, neither! Resile (ree-zil) is derived from the Latin word resilire which means to leap back.
Leaping back is certainly an aspirational image for practicing resilience, but sometimes we can only look in the direction of a leap away from our difficulties and challenges. And all of us need to know where we are going to leap - just returning to a starting point does not really capture the full idea of resilience as being able to withstand life's challenges while moving on. Resilience is a bit more like Michael Kane's "use the difficulty" approach to life - whatever it throws at you, use it!
While I would not go so far as to say my Daughter and family have leapt back yet to pre-sicky days, I can say they are ready to move forward. Even now, while still sick, Daughter reflects on weeks of sickness and how to prevent or minimize so many illnesses in a month's time. This is a lived-resilience - one might even say it's the wisdom to leap forward rather than leap back!
Whatever life is throwing at you just now, I hope you are able to move forward and that you are supported by family & friends.
Hang on, February is just about wrapped up,