Old school resilience vs the new paradigm of resilience

Old school resilience is about trying to control and predict every little eventuality that could go wrong. It’s believing that strength is about knowing beforehand what might come up, and having plans on how to deal with those challenges.

Now of course there is some value in having ideas on how to respond to issues. We do learn from the past and it can be handy to implement what we know in crisis situations.

However, in this day and age we cannot predict every eventuality. The world is far too complex and ambiguous for us to be prepared for everything. Further to that, being ultra in control and thinking about every little eventuality actually means we have less capacity to think about what’s possible, to think creatively.

The new paradigm of resilience is about being open to learning from the challenges. It’s about knowing that we grow when things go wrong. It’s about having a level of self-belief and self-respect and self-love to know that whatever happens you will work through it. It’s about remembering that when we lose something in our lives it actually opens the door up for something else, possibly something richer, or more fulfilling.

The new paradigm of resilience is about knowing that life is an up and down journey, and that all parts of the process bring variety and adventure and a greater understanding of what it is to be human.

With love and always, Hannah and Team Bird

PS. There are still a few spots available for our workshop on April 7th in collaboration with The Social Change Agency. This is a rare opportunity to attend one of our workshops externally, and we’d love to see you there. Follow this link for more information: https://thesocialchangeagency.org/events-trainings/building-personal-resilience-in-a-fast-paced-world/

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